January 19, 2015


Kurayoshi, Japan


Violette Shimai

First area- Kurayoshi‏

This past week has been a blur! I still have a hard time believing that I'm in Nihon! Is this real life?! I love it here already. I can't understand anything anyone is saying for the most part, but that's okay. The ward members here are unbelievably nice, and I can't wait to build up this little branch as much as I can in the next few months. There's about 30 people now which is awesome, but there's lots of room for improvement:)

My new companion is Violette Shimai! She is wayy cool. She is on her last two transfers, so she is good at pretty much everything. She's 6'1", so you can imagine how she looks next to me, much less the Japanese people, haha. She is so happy, so loving, she makes everyone want to be her friend, and she's so ready to make these next few months a sprint to the end for her, and a running start for me! I Love it! I'm going to learn SO much from her.

Things about Japan that I love:
-EVERYTHING here is so cute. Our trash is cute here. The table and chairs have mini socks so that they don't scratch the floor. It's ridiculous. 
-The drinks and candies here are delicious. I've tried so many good things! I've tried lots of not good things too, but I've definitely found some favorite things.
- I heard the Japanese people were nice, but it's almost unreal how nice these people are. Two instances:We were studying in the church building, and a lady walked in, handed us a bag with three little cakes in it, and walked out. She didn't even tell us her name! Other story- we were waiting for a bus and talking to this old lady. We tried to tell her about the gospel and she kind of just waved us off, but she pulled these cookies out of her bag and gave them to us and left. I've seen/heard of SO much of that. I'm way too lucky to be here. Now once I learn how to speak, I'll be good:)
-I love sleeping on a futon! It's comfortable, and convenient to put away. I don't think I'll like beds anymore when I get home!
-The weather here is pretty cold, which isn't actually something that I love, but I love that my coat keeps me super warm!
-Our apartment is so cute and little. BUT it has a lot of the conveniences of america, like a normal toilet/shower. Even better- every toilet here has a HEATED SEAT. You don't know how nice that is until you feel how cold a house without central heating is.Also, our apartment is a 5 minute walk from the church, which is super convenient.

That's about all:) I know pictures are the main things people are looking for, but it may be a while before I send any pictures because I left my cord at the MTC. Whoops. Luckily, there's an electronics store right across the street! But Minasan (everyone), it is beautiful here, take my word for it. I love Nihon! And I can't wait to be here for the next year and a half:) Pray for my taste buds to like all the gross fishy food, and for my stomach to get bigger so I can finish my plates without making my poor companion have to finish it for me! (PS. You know life is good when those are your biggest problems;)) The church is true all over the world, and it helps everyone.:) I'm so excited to help people here.

Aishite imasu!

ALSO my address WRITE ME! :)
4-6-28 Shinohara Honmachi
Nada-ku,Kobe-shi, Hyogo-Ken
Japan 657-0067


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