I'll do an experience for each week I was there.
1 - I didn't expect the Nagasaki Peace Museum to be as moving to me as it was. I'll admit, I cried at one point during the tour (and even harder when we met a survivor of the atomic bombing).
2 - I had an absolute blast meeting and working with a Katana smith. I knew this activity would be fun, but I didn't expect it to be as exciting as it was.
3 - For week three, I got to experience a type of remembrance ceremony with my host family, and it was unlike anything I have ever seen in my life. It was also very nice to meet and have lunch with the extended members of my host mom's family.
4 - I used (and got lost on multiple times) public transportation in Japan on my own this week. I'd defiantly say it was one of the strongest learning experiences I had whilst in Japan.
5 - I knew the Ninja Village would be gimmicky fun but I was surprised at just how much fun it was in a group setting. Between the rope climbing, river crossing, and VR ninja challenge, I found grew closer with my group more than anything.
6 - When we visited the university in this city, It was a much more inclusive and interactive process then what we've had thus far in school visits. I walked away feeling like a student in a way, and it was crazy fun.
7 - We visited the beach and the ocean on our last day of activities for the week, and it was the first time I got to visit the coast my whole trip in Japan. I had an amazing time exploring the beach we were on and catching some small crabs in the low tides.
8 - We went to a festival on after activities one day, and we saw an incredible fireworks display that lasted about an hour and a half, easily twice as long as any display I've seen before.
9 - I went to Hello Kitty land on our free day this week, and believe it or not, it was absolutely incredible. It blew all of my expectations out of the water.