Japan is one of my favorite countries by far. A few days into our trip, my birthday came up. July 2, 2009 is definitely one of the best days to go down in my book. As an educational group, we were planned to go on an excursion of Hiroshima. We arrived in Hiroshima to see the city with little to no signs of damages. We soon arrived at the Hiroshima Museum of that fateful day. Throughout the museum, we saw the many devastating affects of the Atomic Bomb. There were many items that one would never have imagined to be mutated. There were glass bottles melded together, melded roof tiles, and many pictures of mutated citizens’ body parts. Although this was terrifying to witness, my friends and I were fascinated.
On our way to dinner, our tour guide led us to an okinomiyaki restaurant. There, my group sang happy birthday to me in both English and Japanese, which was hilarious but I commend their effort to sing in Japanese. Back at our hotel, my friends and I decided to go on a ‘hunt’ for a sushi restaurant since we had not yet had any sushi…in Japan. We asked for a map at the front desk and went on our way to search for the restaurant. We made a couple wrong turns and ended up finding a takoyaki restaurant, where we asked a stranger on the street for directions. He was nice enough to walk us all the way to restaurant but when my friend was trying to take a picture of him, he turned around and said, “No! Japanese mafia!” We were shocked but we played along, since we weren’t sure if he was really a part of the Japanese mafia.
Once we got to the sushi restaurant, he told the waitress something about our map and how we got lost, from what I understood from my limited experience. Overall, that birthday experience was one of the best I’ve ever had. If I could travel anywhere I wanted, I would definitely choose Japan again. Their kind manners are one to die for…well…not really, but it’s definitely a change from American society. Once in Japan, stay in Japan; there’s no other country like it.
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