My experiences on the Peru Study Tour will remain with me for years to come.
At Pontifica Universidad Católica de Peru , I had lectures on Peru’s unique topography and its cultural diversity due to its history of colonization. I also studied current issues in education and inequality.
During my stay, I visited various places but Machu Picchu and other remains of the Inca Empire were all meticulously detailed, and I felt deep admiration for the wisdom of these predecessors.
This was my first stay in a Spanish-speaking country so everything, including conversations and signs, was eye-opening. At the same time, I could not help but realize my poor Spanish skills in stores and other places, which really motivated me to improve.
The moments I had with local people were unforgettable. I heard opinions from the Nikkei (people of Japanese origin) on discrimination and issues in Japan from a Peruvian perspective. The interesting stories I heard from Japanese expats has broadened the scope of my future. Through hearing the opinions and interacting with other students, I also deepened my own understanding.
I used to think of Peru as a country that is far from Japan. However, my wonderful experiences there have turned it into a familiar place.