Stories From Japan

Read what our students and hosts have to say about their experiences and about us.

There is a special place in my heart for my Japanese friends, and I’ll always keep coming back to them. Thank you for the best year of my life!

Sasha

Going on exchange to Japan was an experience I will never forget. It was my first time staying with a foreign family and being away from my Australian life. In Japan I enhanced my Japanese skills and made connections with friends that feel like family now. AIIU was a great exchange program to go through..

Alex

I could go on for years about all of the things that I have been blessed with experiencing. My host families have been extraordinary and I really felt at home there!

Casey

I cried for the first time in forever. Although I also ended up smiling. I can’t be sad that it’s over, because I am happy that it happened. Thank you everyone who helped my exchange happen!

Danson

My ten month exchange in Japan was an experience I will never forget. AIIU give students like me a once in a lifetime opportunity which I am truly grateful for. Living in Japan improved my Japanese, so after returning to Australia I was able to to go straight into the advanced stream of Japanese at university..

Taylah
Ying Ying, 2016

Ying Ying, 2016

July 7, 2016

So much has happened since I came to Japan. I’ve been to the onsen, hanami (flower viewing) in the morning and the evening, hotaruika (firefly squid) museum, shishimai (type of festival) and so much more places with my host family.I haven’t had much trouble adjusting to the Japanese lifestyle, maybe because the food has been amazing. I don’t think … Read More

Nathan, 2016

July 7, 2016

I’ve had tons of fun during this short time that I’ve been in Japan. After all of the exchange students were split up and sent to our host families. On the second day of being with my host family, they took me to Osaka for around 4 days, where we went to lots of fun … Read More

Jessica, 2016

Jessica, 2016

July 7, 2016

In April, I went to a Japanese temple for the first time. To get there was a very long journey, but it was worth it. After riding the train for 2 hours, we arrived in Kurakuma. It was very beautiful there. There were also a lot of foreigners, which surprised me. There were lots of … Read More

Casey, 2015

Casey, 2015

February 19, 2016

All of my grade went on a school day trip to Yokohama and it was one of the most fun days I have had out of this whole experience! We got to explore the beautiful city and took so many photos! My friends and I were laughing constantly and we all bought matching key charms … Read More

Delaney, 2015

Delaney, 2015

February 19, 2016

Recently I joined the Shyorinjikenpo club, which is a kind of Japanese defensive art. We practice punching air and yelling until my throat goes dry everyday after school. I’ve made so many good friends and have become like a celebrity at the school. Lest to say, the days fly by. I also recently experienced the … Read More

Bethany, 2015

Bethany, 2015

February 19, 2016

It has been officially 3 months since I left Australia, and since then I don’t think I have been able to sleep in past 9pm even once! I have school 6 days a week, but only until 12:45 on Saturday. After school every Saturday, I have to go shopping to buy obento (packed lunch) ingredients … Read More

Imogen, April 2014

February 19, 2016

So today I have been in Japan for 32 days. It seems like such a short time, however it feels like ages since I was in Australia. My first host family are really lovely and I am fortunate to be staying with them for 2months. I have 2 older brothers, who are studying in Tokyo … Read More