- Posted on July 20th, 2012
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Day 2 was the true start of our journey to Tokyo. We awoke early to eat breakfast and begin our day. At breakfast, we were surprised to see half of a buffet that was Americanized. The other half was all traditional Japanese food. All the members of the trip were forced into trying Nattō beans by Dr. Tom Sloane. Nattō beans are a traditional Japanese breakfast food which consists of rotten soy beans. Let’s just go ahead and say they wouldn’t be my first choice at a meal. We also found out from the girl at the front desk that these beans are disliked by over half of the population, and never recommended to foreign guests. Thanks Dr. Sloane!
That evening, we were introduced to 6 of our Japanese alumni, where we had dinner and a meeting to discuss the creation of the West Virginia University Japan Alumni Chapter. We were introduced to the man who will be serving as President of this group, as well as the executive members. They were all so happy and eager to hear from fellow mountaineers. They had the opportunity to tell us what Morgantown was like when they were there, as well as hear about the new developments and life on campus now. One man showed me his former WVU Student ID, which showed a picture of Woodburn hall, but differed tremendously from the one I showed in return.
We heard stories about Grant Street, South Park, High Street, and much more. One alumni was also a member of TKE, a fraternity on campus, which myself and Jarred were able to relate to as members of the Greek community at WVU. Finally, we discussed our plans for the next evening where we would meet and speak with over 60 Japanese alumni.
After our meeting, our alumni told us that “Being with students from WVU brought them back to when they were in school.” We were thanked again and again and the smiles on each members face grew larger and larger. It truly was an amazing night to be a mountaineer.