Thursday, July 1, 2010

Nara and Kyoto!

On Sunday my host family took me to Kyoto and Nara. Sorry it took so long to post this. I have been very busy with school. I often dont get home until 5, 6, or even 7 sometimes. First, we departed for Nara. It was about an hour car drive from Nishinomiya. When we arrived it was increadible. There were deer EVERYWHERE. First, we went to go see 平城宮跡. It was basically a huge gate in the middle of nowhere. It was very cool. 天気はめちゃ蒸し暑かった。 So, we didnt stay very long. We basically ran back to the salvation known as air conditioning. Next, we went to one of Naras(still dont know how to type apostrophe) parks
to see the deer (しか). The second you biught those cracker things, they swarmed. Okasan took a very amusing video of me running away from them. After the deer, we went to see big buddah. It was very interesting. To go to most of these things, you had to pay admission, including Big Buddah. Big Buddah was vey, well, um... big. For lack of better word. The room was horribly lit for pictures, so most of my pictures of it suck. After Big Buddah, we went to Kyoto. Our first stop in Kyoto was the Kiyomizu Dera. It had a really good view! You could see Kyoto Tower! My host brother and I waited in line to drink the ``pure`` water. It was a lot of fun. After Kiyomizu Dera, we went to KINKAKUJI! I was so excited! I have always wanted to see Kinkakuji! It was so pretty! I took way too many pictures of it though. There was also additional small ponds with Koi and turtles! There were many people in Yukatas. I managed to get a picture with two girls in yukatas. After walking around a bit more, we found of people surrounding what looked like a Japanese Wishing well. People were trying to throw coins into the middle dish full of water. I got a 10¥ coin in on my first try! After some gift shopping, we went home. It was a bunch of fun. Sorry again about lack of updates. Expect more from now on! Exams start next week so no school for me! XD

Thursday, June 24, 2010


Sorry it took so long! But here are some pictures! I will post more later along with some blog posts!

Monday, June 21, 2010


with pictures. For some reason they wont work!! I will keep trying. anyway, I have finished an entire week of Japanese school! and I only failed one, maybe two tests! lol Good thing this doesnt count. I will attempt pictures again tomorrow. I dont want to abuse the privledge of being able to use the computer. For now, OYASUMINASAI!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010


I am so sorry I havent updated since my arrival!!!! I have been extremely jet lagged and school drained most of my energy. But now, Im daijobu! :) Well, orientation was a ton of fun. Murasaki kaminari!!!! Za Pappuru sandaa! We were in kumis (groups). It was a lot of fun!  Paige was our AA and Andy was our sensei. We had a lot of fun stealing the silver kumi`s flag. We hid it under a bench and she didnt even see it! It was so funny! I will post a bunch of pictures tomorrow. The flight to Japan was very long and a little boring. But Japan is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO COOL! I Love it! We explored Tokyo our first night a little but not the second night. We werewnt allowed to leave the second night but most of the kids waltzed out anyway. After Tokyo, I met my host family. I was extremely nervous so I only took one picture of the meeting. But they are so nice! I love them! (sorry mom if you are reading this) My first few days of school were very interesting and fun. Most of the girls are finally working up their courage to say hello to me. Then run away giggling. The guys treat me as if I was Japanese. lol most of the classes i cannot understand and English is currently my favorite subject. I will type now. For now, oyasuminasai!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Host Family!

I have a host family! I recieved and e-mail from my host brother yesterday at about 9 am. His name is Keitraro. His family lives in Nishinomiya City in the Hyogo prefecture. It is close to Osaka and Kyoto! I AM SO EXCITED! I have always wanted to go to Kyoto! :D Here's the first email he sent me:
Dear Kevin!
My name is Keitaro. I am your host brother.
We have recieved your letter today.
We are looking forward to seeing you.
Sincerely yours,
So then I sent him an email asking about location and his family. He responded:
Hello Kevin! Thank you for mailing.
I live in Nishinomiya-city,Hyogo. It is next to Osaka and Kyoto.
I have four people in my family. My family is consist of my father,my mother,my younger brother(14),and small dog.
Do you have any other questions?

こんにちは、ケビン! メールしてくれてありがとう。

P.S. ケビンも日本語が上手ですね(^-^*)♪
So, I sent him another email asking about his likes and what not to help me with buying gifts. This is so exciting! I am positively ecstatic!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Pre-Departure Orientation...

was amazing! I just got back less than an hour ago! (well, that's when I started typing at least) XD Now.... where to start???

Well, I woke up at 6:00 am on a Saturday... I was NOT too happy about that. lol So, after a 2 hour car ride, we arrived at Camp O' Bannon, in Newark, OH. We were the first ones to arrive so at first, we thought we had the wrong place. So, I got a name tag which read Matilda for a while because the guy giving them out decided I was going to be Matilda today. Then kids started flooding in. But, none of these kids were PDO, they were all Re-Entry kids who have been in America for about 9 months and are approaching their departures home. For a while, I thought I was the only American Overseas student. But one more did show up. Her name is Liz and she went to Japan last summer and is now going to Russia for a year. She was very excited for me and we talked during a lot of the orientation.The orientation began with a few games. The first game, we formed a circle than closed our eyes and walked across the circle and grabbed hands with someone. Then, we had to reform the circle. It took us less than a minute to reform the circle. Marty (Name tag guy) was impressed. The next game, we scrunched up the circle so much that we had to sit on the person's knees behind us. Then we tried walking while in this position. After one step we fell.

Pictures of some of the most amazing people I have ever met.

Next, we did introductions. They went around the room and everyone introduced themselves and told where they are from.Many host parents were here for this part so they talked about their host children. My favorite introduction was Toti's. She is from Argentina. Her host mom described her as being overly dramatic, but in a hilarious way. Her catch phrase is "I like this so much that I want to make babies with it!" I almost died of laughter. lol

After intros, we did some sessions. They basically told me everything I already knew. I did learn that "Failure is my friend." lol And Japanese people do not get sarcasm. lol I need to turn the sarcasm switch off when I go to Japan.

Liz and Lu Capture the flag!

After this session we had a lunch break. Then we played capture the flag. It was kinda fun for a game or two... then it was getting a little old. lol So, I decided to take a walk with Liz. Then, she introduced me to her host sister, Lu from China. They were so close that it was crazy! lol After that we "Meet The Critic." I won't go into details so I don't ruin it for anyone else who hasn't had orientation. It wasn't as bad as I thought, but they still grilled us.

"The YFU Theater"

After that was dinner. We had some burgers and a cheesy potato thing. It was really good. We also had this oreo pudding type thing. It was good. Everyone kept commenting on how disgusting it looked when you mixed it all together. lol Looks can be deceiving. After we ate, we were pt into groups and we made skits. These skits were something that we experienced as host sudents. Well, that worked for the International Students. lol Liz and I were in our own group and did Stereo-Types of Japan! It was pretty good. But there were a lot of skits that were better. lol

The lodge full of mattresses More amazing people Saki and I

At night, we played a lot more games. We had a game of laser tag. Yep, laser tag! It was so much fun! But there was one bad thing... every time you got shot the gun shocked you. It hurt like crap! Even on the low setting! I couldn't play for more than three games! lol Then I went inside and talked with some of the exchange students. Then I thought I would introduce them to Egyptian rat Screw but they already knew what it was! And they were good too! I got killed... Then we played Kung Fu aka Ninjas. It was a lot of fun. We roasted marshmallows and made s'mores.Yum! So, a bunch of us grabbed our mattresses from our cabins and brought them into the main lodge. I tried to sleep but these people were freakin nocturnal! The lights didn't actually go out until 3 or 4 am. I just remember seeing a 3 on my cell phone and groaning. lol

Morning came very quickly. Most of us were extremely tired so no one actually woke up on time. lol We had a traditional American breakfast of eggs, bacon, and pancakes! lol After we ate, we played one final game of Kung Fu which was recorded so I might be able to find Then we went inside and they gave us (including myself) a t shirt. We then got everyone to sign them. It was a lot of fun. I knew all these people for such a short amount of time and I'm going to miss them so much. I almost wish that the orientation could have gone on forever. Now, I'm trying desperately to find these people on FaceBook. Wish me luck!

Picture we took on a huge tree in the woods. Ironically, it had really good cell phone reception even though it's in the middle of the woods. lol

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Dr. Princic? I like the sound of it!

So, I received my credit card yesterday and there was a little surprise on it! I looked down at my name and it read "Kevin Robert Princic DDS". So, somewhere along the line, I went to medical school and got certified to perform dental surgery. XD It totally made my day. So, I thought I would share. I have to get another one because no one will believe I'm a dentist. lawls