I qualified for a travelling competitive chess team in middle school because I
was in the top six players in my school.
I was in an a capella group.
Japanese language ability:
Previous travel experience:
I have been on three cross-country trips and visited over 30 US states.
I flew alone to Massachusetts and Maine in the summer of 2014.
I went on a cruise to visit Guatemala, Belize, and Mexico.
I've been on vacation to Hawaii, Alaska and Jamaica.
What I like about Japan / Japanese culture:
I appreciate agriculture, flower arranging, animation, kendo, fashion,
architecture, and technology. I was raised on a lot of Japanese culture from
my father, as his apartment contained a lot of old Japanese furniture and
media. I embraced it myself by studying the language and watching Japanese
movies and television, and reading Japanese manga. I am considering studying
What I hope to get from this adventure:
I hope to get an understanding of what it is like to live in the country and
culture that I've studied and loved for years, as well as experiencing a way
of living that is different from my own.