My First Trip to Japan

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Greeting to all! A very good day to whom-so-ever it may concern First and foremost, I am very thankful to AFS, the Malaysia Education Ministry and also, not to forget the Japanese Government which so warm heartedly welcome us, and tour us around this beautiful and unique country. The two whole weeks I’ve spent in this country had passed so soon, its sad, yet the memories are so beautiful.

It was hard to believe how fast time flies, this trip was indeed an eye opening experience. After the pre-departure orientation camp, my family and I sent me to the KLIA international airport. Worry was of course something essential, for the weather in Japan is different from the weather here in Malaysia. At 9 sharp at night, the whole party checked in and bade goodbye to our families… and it was good bye for 2 whole weeks. On the plane, it was hard for me to settle down, the atmosphere was full of excitemement, everyone was in high spirits, I was included too. Soon, the restlessness turned into quietness, one by one, everyone fell asleep.

I was also snoring away in no time, but…. by the time I woke up, it was already time for breakfast, the plane was buzzing with excitement once more. We touched down at Narita International Airport. At the airport, AFS volunteers were waiting for us at the arrival hall, they welcomed us in a friendly manner. We grabbed our luggage and went on the bus to the Hotel.

After the short briefings at the hotel on the basic do’s and don’ts throughout our stay there, we went shopping…The malls were stocked with winter clothing and accessories. Most of the Malaysian student went to the ‘100 yen shop’ it was because the prices of the stuff there were really expensive. The next day, we were separated into groups, and to Kyto we went. My group visited the Kinkakuji (golden pavilion),Arashima, and Kiyomizu-dera temple. Kiromizu dera is one of the famous sightseeing spots in Kyoto and has many tourists from all over the world, the flowers were.

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