皆さんこんにちは! (Hello everyone!)

I hope everyone is having a fantastic summer as I am personally enjoying mine in the cornfields of Indiana! For those who don’t know, my name is Thomas Ishikawa and I will be the President of Purdue Japan Student Association for the 2015-2016 school year! I look forward to meeting many of you at our call outs and events!

This will be blog Number ONE by ME! Throughout the summer, me and a couple of other JSA officers will be writing personal blog entries as they enjoy their summers in the United States or in other parts of the world (like Japan! WOW!) For my personal blog entry, I would like to talk about an event I was able to attend late last month. Representing Purdue University with Ryusuke and Monika, we traveled to Ohio State University in Columbus Ohio to meet other Japanese Student Organizations from the Midwest!

All together there were SEVEN schools that attended (Purdue University, Michigan State University, University of Michigan, University of Toledo, Kent State, University of Cincinnati, and Ohio State University). Although we only met for less than 24 hours (Sat. afternoon to Sunday afternoon) I personally enjoyed my time there. It’s amazing that there are groups just like ours that are equally passionate about spreading awareness of the Japanese culture. すごい!!!

Since I don’t want to bore anyone to death because of my poor story telling (ironic that I’m blogging I know), to sum things up, we had the awkward initial ice breakers, ate dinner, got a tour of OSU, socialized, went to the Japanese grocery store in Columbus, and went back home to Indiana. I must admit that I am very jealous that Columbus had a Japanese bakery there too! I would be there almost every day if I went to school there (笑).

On the serious side, I was very happy that I was able to attend this social gathering last month. Just from the schools I was able to connect to and the friends I was able to make, it was an unforgettable weekend and look forward to future socials we can have!

I hope everyone has a safe summer and see you in the next blog!

-Thomas

*Note
-“すごい” means Amazing!
– (笑) is similar to “haha” or laughing out loud

Also thank you to Yuka from OSU for the photo!

  Group Photo with the students that came to the meet up!

Two Michigan students attempting to get rid of the tape on the letter "M", According to our wonderful tour guides, when OSU plays Michigan, anything with the letter "M" gets crossed out with tape.

Two Michigan students attempting to get rid of the tape on the letter “M”, According to our wonderful tour guides, when OSU plays Michigan, anything with the letter “M” gets crossed out with tape.

Group standing in front of Number Garden in OSU

Group standing in front of Number Garden in OSU!