A Trip to
On 4th Sep 2017, I left
India for a six months Teacher’s Training course in Japan.
Although I had yearned to be a part of this program for a
long time, I left my country with a heavy heart as I have
never had stayed away from my family for so long. However,
after I reached Japan, fear gradually gave way to excitement
as I was exposed to this whole new world where I had so much
to learn and grow.
I became a student once again after a
long time. Whether it was, learning the language, teaching
methodology or about the everyday life of Japan, I realized
that I was enjoying every moment of it. However, what
excited me the most was that finally I was putting to use
what I had learnt for so many years. There, I got an
opportunity to use the language not only with the natives,
but also with people from 26 different countries (other
participants in the course), each having their own mother
tongue and the common language of interaction among us being
The trip to Japan became memorable to
me for many reasons. Japan is beautiful in many ways. The
vivid colors of autumn, the purity of the winter snow, are a
treat to the eyes. The technology, the culture, the kind
considerate ways of people, makes this place unforgettable.
As I was leaving Japan, I experienced a
strange sadness. Sadness one feels at leaving one’s home.
There is a lot that I have learned in Japan. And the
experience motivates me face challenges, to set high goals
and move towards them with confidence.