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My home country, Malaysia lies right on the equator, and the sun shining into this country throughout the year. I chose Aomori because the change of the seasons is quite noticeable in northern part of Japan.
I'm enjoying staying in Aomori so much. You can have marvelous experiences each season. In the spring, Cherry Blossom Viewing at Hirosaki Castle Park where is well-known place in Japan. The Aomori Nebuta Festival in summer, the wonderful autumn tints in fall at Oirase Gorge, and the road franked with snow highly in winter. Aomori is really attractive place.
Overseas students including me are fully supported by Aomori Chuo Gakuin University and provided the wide variety of extra-curricular activities by IEC (International Exchange Centre).
I've visited the World Heritage "Shirakami-Sanchi", the Historic sight "Sannai-Maruyama", and Hirosaki Castle Park to see the cherry blossoms. Also I've participated in scallop fisheries, tree-planting experience, Aomori Nebuta Festival, playing the Tsugaru-Shamisen, rice reaping, homestay at farmhouses and so on. I could have such a various historical, economical and cultural experiences and visiting only for 2 years. I couldn't have so many experiences if I was studying in other places in Japan. It is only because of wonderful locality and culture in Aomori, not other universities.
Thanks to delicious food in Aomori, one of my Japanese friends calls me "glutton " sometimes. Aomori is a world-famous apple-producing area. I didn't have much chances to have Japanese apples in Malaysia, but now I love Aomori apples especially Fuji, there are many kind of apples in Aomori though. Fuji is the best apple in the world, I bet. If I was a Snow White, I wouldn't suspect and probably had a poisoned Fuji apple. I would die… but Aomori apples are too delicious to hold me back.
Aomori is also a Chinese yam, burdock and garlic-producing area not only apples. It's also famous for the marine product like flatfish or scallop in Japan. You can have various foods in season as it follows; the strawberry and cherry in spring, watermelon and melon in summer, persimmon and saury in autumn, Chinese yam and nourishing pickled vegetables in winter. I cannot be avoided to be a glutton in this good environment. Almost all the overseas students in Aomori might have put their weight on, I think.
The last is as for the people in Aomori. You might feel little bit hard to approach them first because of language barriers. But they are really kind to you if you could speak to them from yourself. They also have a charming side to it. You could make many friends here, I bet.
I'm very happy to study in Aomori.
Thank you, Aomori !