Ritsumeikan Exchange: Skiing
On Monday of this week, school was closed to allow the Junior High students to sit their high school entrance exams. My host family and I seized this free time and headed west to Hachi Kogen Ski field to try out the fresh Japanese snow. We arrived at six in the morning to see 130cm of snow and not another skier in sight. Despite Japan's infamous crowds, the ski field remained relatively empty the whole day. We went up and down the mountain so many times that it felt as if we had done a week's worth of skiing in one day. The serenity of the snow and the trees was an incredible feeling and one that photos could never capture. Feeling tired and cold, we returned to the family home in Kyoto that evening, after one of the most exhilarating days of the exchange.
Later that week, Tom and I got the opportunity to meet with Ritsumeikan Uji's American principal. It was so nice to be able to have a thorough conversation in English with someone else! We were able to discuss the similarities of the schools and he expressed his strong desire to come over and visit.
The school has been so welcoming and I can't believe we are three quarters of the way through the exchange already.
By Rory Sutherland