Perspective of an Exchange Student: A Q&A with Takuma Noguchi by Dani Fulkerson
Q: What is one noticeable difference between Japan’s school system and America’s?
A: “In Japan, students have to wear uniforms to certain schools. I don’t like them very much.” (laughs)
Q: What is your favorite aspect of Japan’s education system?
A: “The activities offered.”
Q: What has surprised you most about Snider?
A: “The amount of students and teachers. There are twice as many students here as in Japan.”
Q: Did you participate in any extracurricular activities in Japan?
A: “I played basketball and sumo wrestled.”
Q: How long have you wrestled? Is it a popular sport in Japan?
A: “I wrestled for four years in Japan. It is not a very popular sport.”
Q: What has been the greatest difference between Japan and America you have noticed?
A: “There are only three years of high school in Japan.”
Q: What has been your favorite experience in the states been so far?
A: “There are so many activities and sports in America. I loved canoeing with my host family.”
Q: Has it been easy to adapt to the American way of life? What has been the greatest change you have had to adapt to?
A: “It was not very hard to adapt to America’s culture, but I have wanted to talk to a lot of people, which is hard because of the language gap.”
Q: What made you decide to study abroad in America?
A: “I wanted to take classes offered in America, such as American history and physics. Also, my mom encouraged me to study abroad.”
Q: Does the school you attended in Japan require an additional language?
A: “Japanese schools require an English class.”
Q: What does a typical Japanese meal consist of?
A: “Sushi or noodles.”
Q: What is your favorite Japanese food? What is your favorite American food?
A: “I love sushi. I enjoy American foods, especially pizza.”
The photos used were taken by Grace and Jenny McCormick. Light was added to photos and color was altered to increase visibility.