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Mobile - Ichihara Sister City Association
Cultural & Educational Exchange Programs

Exchange Stories

“Japan was an amazing experience.  The host families I stayed with were awesome, and I knew they worked really hard to make sure I was having a great time.  I tried many new foods, made many new friends, and I saw many cultural differences between Ichihara and Mobile.  I appreciate how hard everyone worked to make sure we had a great time.  This was a once in a lifetime trip!”  ~Sarah H.
“I went to the Tokyo National Museum, my favorite place.  This museum is the oldest and largest in Japan, and it features many art and architecture exhibits.  I loved looking at the ancient Japanese architecture - for instance a pillow made of stone!  I enjoyed my stay in Japan very much and I plan on going back sometime in the future.  This trip taught me lessons about traveling and life.  I know that not very many people have this opportunity, and I am very grateful for it.”  ~Briana B.
“I was excited to be chosen to represent Mobile in Ichihara.  The trip to Japan was an experience that I will not soon forget.  I learned so much about the culture, people, and food.  It was so much different from life in America.  The people were so kind...they so graciously allowed us to stay in their homes.  They had many fun events planned for us to do.  For example, my host families did things like take me to castles, let me dress up like a samurai, took me to play soccer, and took me to Tokyo Disneyland.  The culture was amazing!  The Zazen Temple was so different from anything we have here.  It was very difficult, but relaxing, to sit still for 30 minutes however.  Also, all of their other temples and traditions were spectacular.  For example, I went to a temple with almost a thousand Buddhist statues.  The food was the most different thing about Japan in my opinion.  I tried some of the most traditional Japanese style food.  This trip to Japan was a life-changing experience.  I am so grateful for the chance to go to Japan.”   ~Brandt M.
Mobile - Ichihara Sister City Association
Cultural & Educational Exchange Programs
© Mobile Ichihara Sister City Association (MISCA).  All Rights Reserved.  Website Design & Hosting by North Mobile Internet Services, Inc.

Exchange Stories

“Japan was an amazing experience.  The host families I stayed with were awesome, and I knew they worked really hard to make sure I was having a great time.  I tried many new foods, made many new friends, and I saw many cultural differences between Ichihara and Mobile.  I appreciate how hard everyone worked to make sure we had a great time.  This was a once in a lifetime trip!”  ~Sarah H.
“I went to the Tokyo National Museum, my favorite place.  This museum is the oldest and largest in Japan, and it features many art and architecture exhibits.  I loved looking at the ancient Japanese architecture - for instance a pillow made of stone!  I enjoyed my stay in Japan very much and I plan on going back sometime in the future.  This trip taught me lessons about traveling and life.  I know that not very many people have this opportunity, and I am very grateful for it.”  ~Briana B.
“I was excited to be chosen to represent Mobile in Ichihara.  The trip to Japan was an experience that I will not soon forget.  I learned so much about the culture, people, and food.  It was so much different from life in America.  The people were so kind...they so graciously allowed us to stay in their homes.  They had many fun events planned for us to do.  For example, my host families did things like take me to castles, let me dress up like a samurai, took me to play soccer, and took me to Tokyo Disneyland.  The culture was amazing!  The Zazen Temple was so different from anything we have here.  It was very difficult, but relaxing, to sit still for 30 minutes however.  Also, all of their other temples and traditions were spectacular.  For example, I went to a temple with almost a thousand Buddhist statues.  The food was the most different thing about Japan in my opinion.  I tried some of the most traditional Japanese style food.  This trip to Japan was a life- changing experience.  I am so grateful for the chance to go to Japan.”   ~Brandt M.