FOR a young group of people excited merely to be leaving our home countries, going to Japan has turned out to be so much more than what we could have imagined.
From 200km/hour trains to small jungles in the middle of Tokyo City and building towers that reach a mind-blowing 643 metres, the trip has been nothing short of incredible.
A group of about 23 of us have been given the opportunity to travel to Japan for a two-week cultural exchange provided by the Japanese Government and USP, through a project known as JENESYS 2.0.
Thanks to the JENESYS 2.0 initiative, student representatives who were selected from Fiji, Samoa, Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands, Nauru, the Cook Islands and Kiribati are able to experience a very different life journey on the other side of the world.
To begin with, we departed Suva on September 24 and headed to the Tanoa International Hotel, where we spent the night before embarking on the 10-hour journey to Seoul, Korea the next morning.
After a rather limb-numbing flight, we finally reached Korea, where we only had an hour to get from the arrivals gate to the departure gate, where we boarded the two-hour connecting flight to Japan .
Although the food and service on board Air Korea were indeed splendid, we were mainly consumed by the excitement of nearing our much-awaited destination — Narita Airport, Japan.