Yuta Aoki is a Japanese author, blogger and You Tuber.He writes about Japanese culture, inter-cultural communication, dating, and travel.Fortunately, my high school had a study abroad programme.But unfortunately, places were limited and I wasn’t chosen. I was jealous of those who were chosen for the study abroad programme. We were both interested in Indian classical music, so he took me to his place and showed me musical instruments he had bought in India.He has been to over 30 countries, from Eastern Europe to South East Asia, where he enjoyed talking to local people and listening to their stories.
There were a lot of international students (mostly European) in my university.
One day, I was walking down the street and bumped into one of those friends. So that was it: I went to France and learnt Portuguese and dancing Salsa. France made me realise I would thrive in a multicultural environment.
She said, ‘Hey, I live close by, would you like a cup of tea? She told me she was going to a Latin club that night, and asked me if I wanted to come. After France, I sought international communities in Japan. It felt great: I’d never known what was like to have many friends because I had had a rather solitary young and early adulthood.
Every time I went to the park, I saw the A-Bomb Dome, which was partially destroyed by the A-Bomb. People in Hiroshima didn’t have any resentment towards American people. One of the few phrases I learnt in the US was ‘never mind’.
They merely told us that the war was bad and should never be repeated. My host brother always said it when he gave up explaining things to me in English.