by Satomi

Hi everyone, it`s Jazmin again! Last Saturday, I went on a trip to the city for my Japanese Culture and Peace class. The people who live in the Ikenoue Student Dormitories (like me) were picked up by the bus at 845. Too early for me! I almost fell asleep on the bus.

The first place we went to was the Ebayama Museum of Meteorology to learn about the science aspect of the atomic bomb attack on Hiroshima. I almost fell asleep during the presentation because I did not get much sleep the night before, but it was interesting.

Then we went to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and listened to an a-bomb survivor speak about her experiences. It was so sad, I wanted to cry. I actually saw some people crying at the museum. The topic is very sad, but I think that it is very important to learn about these kinds of things so that we can be better people in the future.

After the museum, the teachers said that we were free to go- and that we had to find our own way home! I was surprised by this. In the US, if there is a field trip, the teachers are very strict about what students can do, and we must all go home together.

I decided to explore Hondori with three of my Indonesian friends. There are so many shops! I think that you could very easily spend too much money there. That said, I definitely want to spend a day shopping at Hondori sometime. 

My friends and I had some trouble finding a restaurant to eat at. Two of my friends are Muslim, and can only eat Halal food. Halal meat is prepared a special way, and they are not allowed to eat pork. Thankfully, we found a cheap place to eat where they could eat some of the dishes!

We went to Starbucks afterwards- my first time going in Japan! There are some items that we don`t have in the US, like the raspberry white chocolate flavor. But I`ll be honest: I was disappointed that there weren`t as many options to customize drinks. At American Starbucks, you can personalize every part of your drink. I guess that`s the trade-off for getting to live in Japan, huh? 

How about you guys? What are some of your favorite spots in Hiroshima City? I`d love to know so I can check them out! Hope to talk to you soon!

- Jazmin