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Studying In Japan
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I did a 7 week homestay 2 summers ago in Japan. I stayed with a host family and studied in a Japanese High School for about 3 or 4 weeks. It was a really amazing experience. I take Japanese in school, but I'm still not at the level where i understand Japanese completely, but while I was there my language skills improved tremendously...

I wasn't staying in Tokyo. I was staying in a really small city, which was different for me because I live in NYC. It was mountainous and there were rice fields everywhere. I had to take two bikes and a train to get to and from school everyday.

I'm planning on returning to Japan with the JET program after college. If accepted into the program I hope to teach English in Japan for a few years.

My stay there was a life changing experience...You don't have to speak the language fluently or know the map to go to Japan. Your time there will improve your understanding of both the culture and the language...
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I think taking a year off to study abroad is a brilliant idea. I was considering it for a while, but then I decided I'd go to Japan after I graduate instead. One of my friends that did the same summer exchange program in Japan though, has taken a year off to study in Finland. She's having the time of her life. I would suggest waiting until after graduating from high school and do the study abroad program in between high school and college because I have a friend who did a year in China and he is now graduating a year late...Basically he'll be stuck with the grade below us for a whole year...There is also the option of studying abroad in college...That way you can take classes that will satisfy your credits....
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If you have any questions about the company I went with for my study abroad program, let me know...
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Posted 11/3/07
it's great to study there....
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I just went through everyone's posts...Japan is very strict. Students there have to work very hard in school. Students take entrance exams and hope to get placed in the highest ranked schools so that they have a chance to go to college. When I was there, I attended the school ranked third in the province (really good!).

In reality, I don't think their schools are very different from ours. The school I currently attend is a New York City Public High School, but I had to take an entrance exam to get in. The students are brilliant (I feel dumb there) and they work hard for their main goal-college...
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Ok--I am totally spamming this forum, but I feel like I have a lot to say >.<

I joined the volleyball team while I was at school in Japan and I just want to say that they are amazing...I think it is in part that they have practice all year round even during summer vacation, but really...Also, I was amazed to see how skilled regular gym classes were. They split us up into three different sports for gym: volleyball, tennis, and softball. Then we were split up by sex...The guys were playing on a different net then the girls. In America...Half the girls in my gym class can't get the ball over the net, but in Japan they were all fairly decent players. The boys were better than the boys volleyball team in my school. They were smacking it on the floor...It was pretty amazing.
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Hmm.. I heard that the schooltime hours are really long. Plus with cram school and all that, it would really stress you out. Maybe try a exchange programme or something to see how it really is in a school in Japan first ^^
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Posted 11/3/07
ah i even wanna go there ! and then study there
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i was in Japanese elementary school(1-5th grade) and there were decent baseball and soccer players there.... i was like 5th worst soccer player on the team. and then when i moved to american school, omg im like 2nd best soccer player.. wth! that's my experience
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Posted 11/3/07
DOES ANY 1 KNOW A GOOD PLACE IN JAPAN TO GO HAVE A DRINK?
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Posted 11/4/07
i wanted to study there ....... but my cousin said its very hard if you only knew
how to speak english and not japanese........ maybe its better to study in ireland...
many emo and punk kids!!!!!!!!
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Posted 11/4/07
No, you don't wanna study there in High School years. It's really really hard. I'd go there for college. That's what I plan to do. After I graduate this year I'm going to study in Japan thorugh my college, they offer programs over there.
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Posted 11/4/07
yea schools in asian countries are a lot harder than schools in the U.S. one of my friends used to live in korea, and she said that many kids lose their hair because of too much stress. also they have like shorter holidays...they barely even have a summer vacation. soo i wouldn't want to study there
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Posted 11/4/07
don't be mesmerized by what you see in animes and dramas...
..its not what you are thinking...maybe their cool..yah..

holidays in japan is cool..that thing is so great!rather than staying here.
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Posted 11/4/07
I wanna go to japan so bad while they are having their Sakura Festivels. That or around Chirstmas time.
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