Alyssa Erin Woo

Born in Sarnia, Ontario, Alyssa Woo enjoys writing whenever she can.  My Trip to the Orient was written in the summer of 2005, when she was ten years old.  She runs cross country, plays soccer, plays the piano, and likes painting.  Alyssa lives with her parents and younger brother Brandon in Michgan, and will be a junior in high school this fall.

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My Trip to the Orient - Part 9

Editor’s Note: This series of articles is taken from a diary kept by Nikkei Canadian Alyssa Erin Woo, then ten years old, during her trip to Japan with her grandparents.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2005 – My Last Day of Japanese Adventure

This morning, Emi-chan made us a fancy breakfast. We had half an egg that was cut zig-zagged and toast. There was also melon for dessert.

Uncle Kaku-san took us shopping. First, we went to an electronic store where he was going to buy me an electronic Japanese-English dictionary but couldn’t find a good one.

Then, we ...

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My Trip to the Orient - Part 8

Editor’s Note: This series of articles is taken from a diary kept by Nikkei Canadian Alyssa Erin Woo, then ten years old, during her trip to Japan with her grandparents.

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Friday, July 15, 2005 – Returning to Katsumi-san’s and Yoshiko-san’s Place

We didn’t wake up early enough to see the festival, because it was at 4:59 in the morning!  We looked around and shopped for a while in some nearby stores and then took a train ride back to Shiida after lunch.  The taxi driver wasn’t very smart and he left to ask ...

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My Trip to the Orient - Part 7

Editor’s Note: This series of articles is taken from a diary kept by Nikkei Canadian Alyssa Erin Woo, then ten years old, during her trip to Japan with her grandparents.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2005 – Beppu

Today, we went to Beppu.  On our way, we stopped at Joyfull for lunch.  Again, I had my favourite meal: Spaghetti!  Joyfull was becoming the new Denny’s!

When we got to Beppu, we went to see the monkeys.  When Mom went, there were only 200 monkeys and she thought that many was a lot.  But now, there are over 700!  I ...

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My Trip to the Orient - Part 6

Editor’s Note: This series of articles is taken from a diary kept by Nikkei Canadian Alyssa Erin Woo, then ten years old, during her trip to Japan with her grandparents.

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Saturday, July 9, 2005 – Kyushu Here We Come!

This morning, we left for Kyushu Island where Ba-chan used to live for a while during 1946 to 1955.  We met Kazuo-san, her cousin; Yasuyuki-san, his son; and Shoji Hibata, her second cousin and they took us to a high-classed hotel called Rihga Royal Hotel at Kokura.

We went to Ba-chan’s university and ate lunch in the cafeteria ...

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My Trip to the Orient - Part 5

Editor’s Note: This series of articles is taken from a diary kept by Nikkei Canadian Alyssa Erin Woo, then ten years old, during her trip to Japan with her grandparents.

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Wednesday, July 6, 2005 – Staying in a Japanese Style Hotel in Kyoto

We left Hikone to Kyoto and stayed at Hotel Station Kyoto West.  The room was Japanese style where we slept on the tatami (padded straw mats) floor.  We went to Porta an underground shopping mall and bought some pastries and I got a hamburger, French fries and orange pop from Lotteria, which was just like ...

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