Although I have been to Japan many times before, this Awaji learning holiday was a particularly memorable one because it combined learning, cultural activities and relaxation into a holistic experience. Awaji Island is located between Honshu and Shikoku, which is about 1.5-hour drive away from Osaka. Awaji is a great place surrounded by a natural environment with hot spring resorts, energy power spots as well as history monuments.
During the morning, we prepared for our group project, which was about inviting tourists to Awaji Island for a deep-Japan-all-in-one tour including relaxation, health, spiritual tour and cultural activities. In the afternoon, we visited Pasona’s properties and interviewed Japanese people there so we had many opportunities to practise spoken language.
In addition, we also had cultural activities such as Taiko drums, a Hello Kitty show, museum and shrine visits. There were a variety of Japanese and Western cuisine, such as, seafood, organic food, Awaji beef Teppanyaki, Tempura and western fine dining, for us to choose for lunch and dinner. At night, we could enjoy the hot spring by the seaside.
Thanks Pasona for organizing this event. I highly recommend a visit to Awaji.
(Stephen – Studied Japanese for 5 years)