It used to be that I wrote letters to pen pals when I was a kid in order to learn more about people in other countries that I wrote to. What a treat to check the mailbox after school and find that one of them had written back. I kept in touch with one of them over the years, and now we talk to each other on social media often. She still teaches me a lot about her country, and lately she told me that one of her guilty pleasures is to watch a good Japanese drama when she comes home from work at night. I love that I’m still learning about her and her country.
My family is Japanese, so I do understand the language. Years ago, I registered with a company that pairs pen pals in different countries together. Considering my family culture and the fact that I’m in America, I knew nothing about Japan because I had never been there before. I yearned to know more, hence finding someone to learn from. Mail between countries used to take as long as two weeks back then, so we were lucky to write and send one another