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ALOHA!
My name is Kallista, and I’m from Hawaiian Island of Oahu. Coming from a Japanese background (I’m not a Japanese national, but I have Japanese ancestry), coming to Japan for college wasn’t too big of a culture shock for me. Aside from speaking Japanese, my house is almost like a typical Japanese home. We take our shoes off before we enter the house, we eat Osechi during New Years time, I even receive otoshidama! Perhaps the biggest shock coming to Japan was realizing how beautiful the changing seasons are. In Hawaii, we basically have two seasons: rainy season and not rainy season. My first winter here was full of so many different experiences! I got to go skiing, which made me sore the next day, but it was so much fun! I also got to experience the onsen during winter. As far as atmosphere goes, Hawaii and Japan are not too different. Many people from Hawaii are of Japanese descent, so many Japanese traditions and feelings have remained. Perhaps the biggest difference between Japanese people and Hawaii people is that Japanese people always seem very busy, it’s not that people aren’t helpful or friendly, but it just seems like everyone is in a rush. In Hawaii, it feels a lot more casual; we sit in long traffic jams for hours every day! Fun Fact: Hawaii has the second worst traffic in the United States. Hawaii people tend to embrace this feeling of “aloha spirit”, which means we try to have happiness in daily life and trying to extend that happiness to others. Of course, not all Hawaii people are like this, but I like to believe that most Hawaii people are like this. !
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