Junior High School
Soon I began attending the local junior high school where my younger host
brother studied. However, because of the age gap and their lack of
English skills (not to mention my lack of Japanese language skill), I was
unable to really do much at Mizue 3. Most of my time was spent hanging
out with the three English teachers in the teachers' lounge. I did find
it interesting that all of the teachers shared one big office space. I
also enjoyed helping to teach English, once again.
Some days my host mom would take me out. I remember going to see a
museum, a wind-chime maker, and Tokyo Sea
Life Park. This aquarium on Tokyo Bay was a nice place to visit on a
weekday afternoon. However, I soon became excited about something else
that was just a little ways down the coast.
Some days I went on my own adventures. One day I started riding my
bicycle down the river-path towards the bay. When I got there I turned
left and went over a busy bridge. Before long, I found myself at the
third-happiest place on Earth (behind Disneyland, and Walt Disney
World)--Tokyo Disneyland. I didn't enter the gates that day, but I did
on two other occasions. Sure it is expensive, and very American, but I
still love anything Disney. Tokyo Disneyland offers only a few new
experiences for those who have already been to the original Disneyland.
I am told that the Japanese wanted to have America right there in Tokyo,
so they built it without changing many things. Main Street USA becomes a
glass-covered World Bazaar, and Cinderella's Castle has a dungeon tour.
TDL is a fun place to visit with friends and it is a nice reminder of
another bit of American culture that is enjoyed all over the world.