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Kia ora!  How have you been?  It’s Nichino from Taumarunui High School.  There is only a month left until I return to Japan.  It’s getting warmer and I can see some beautiful cherry blossoms here and there in Taumarunui.  The warm spring sunlight makes me happy, but I’m a little bit sad because it’s time to stop snowboarding, which I started in August.  I’ve made a lot of memories including happy ones and hard ones in NZ.  Anyway, I would like to tell you about some of them.

Firstly, I’m going to tell you about my favourite classes, which are drama and math.  I took drama in term 2 because I heard that drama would improve my English skills.  Drama is an acting class.  Let me tell you what I did in my drama class.  In each class, groups of 5 to 7 students made one story according to the topic our drama teacher gave us.  As you perform a play in Japan, what do you do with your friends?  Do you write a scenario?  Do you make memo cards to remember your lines and you practice your lines again and again until you gain confidence?  However, what students do in a drama class in NZ is quite different from what you do in Japan.  My friends didn’t practice sufficiently.  The practice time was too short for me to understand the content of the play and to think about my lines.  Surprisingly, my friends played all the stories ad lib.  Sadly, I wasn’t able to keep up with them.  I didn’t know what I should do, so I just kept standing and said only a few words.  My friends gradually started to give me a role for which I didn’t need to speak a lot because I didn’t do anything.  I was very frustrated and sad, but I knew it was my fault.  One day, a turning point came.  One of my friends suggested that I play a leading role.  First, I hesitated to do it because I had never done it even in Japan and because I wondered what their reaction would be if I made a mistake.  The topic of the day was “love affairs.”  It was such a complex story.  The topic also concerned me.  Can you imagine the situation where high school students perform a play about love affairs in Japan?  Although I was at a loss, I remembered that I had made a big goal that I would never regret anything in NZ.  My friend and my goal gave me the courage for me to play a leading role!  Thanks to them, I did it.  The success in the play was one of my biggest memories.

By the way, I like math class too.  I like my math teacher because he often talks about things which aren’t about math.  I think all of them are instructive lectures for my future, so I always enjoy listening to his stories.  After he talks, he makes sure that I understand what he has said.  Therefore, I can make sure that I’ve understood it myself.  I have been enjoying my school life including classes.

Next, I’m going to tell you what I’ve realized in NZ, which is the most important thing.  It’s how important my family is.  I changed my host family twice due to circumstances beyond my control, and I’ve learned a lot of things from my experience of living with different families.  Sadly, I hadn’t cherished communication with my family in Japan.  I thought I didn’t need to communicate because I expected them to understand me without talking.  However, it was completely wrong that I didn’t often say “Thank you” to them.  Since I came here, I have realized that kiwi people cherish their family very much and how much my family in Japan have supported me even though I hadn’t noticed.  I regret that I behaved like that in Japan, but I’m happy to have realized it.  If I hadn’t come to NZ, I wouldn’t have found it.

I have experienced so many things since I came here.  There was a time when I concentrated on learning English so much that I forgot to enjoy my life in NZ.  It was hard to control myself then, but I’m happy now.  I have learned a lot of things from my host families, friends and teachers.  I can say that this experience of my studying overseas has become a treasure in my life.  I am full of gratitude to all the people who have supported me in Japan and NZ.  I will enjoy the rest of my time until the 17th of November.

Thank you for reading.

Arohanui(great love)