I have been having so much fun getting e-mails from Leiya and her family in the States! For any of you American bloggers, you may think, "what's the big deal?", but for my Japanese family and friends we all say "Wow! What an experience!"
Leiya went to her high school prom! The reason that is so exciting is because there is no such thing in Japan. Boys and girls and not supposed to do things together (on the sly they do of course) and the school and society frowns on high school dating. Unless you become a movie or TV star, not many girls in Japan will ever have a chance to get dressed up in a long dress, go to a dance, have dinner at a fancy restaurant and stay out all night! Especially not a high school student!
Leiya and Bessie (I don't want to use the phrase host mother) have been keeping us informed with e-mails and pictures about the preparation for the prom and the details. Such fun! Such fun to see Leiya so excited and happy! Going shopping, getting her hair done, planning things with her friends. She worries about spending too much money but it is worth it toTetsu and me just knowing that she is having these experiences.
It is funny, since I don't really recall being all that excited about my own high school prom experience. It was the first time I ever wore make-up, the first time to stay out all night, but besides that... But living it vicariously through Leiya has been so much fun! She tells us about her reasons for the choice of dress, about her hair style, about dinner and dancing, about her friends. To be so young and exuberant!
I'd love to show you lots of pictures of Leiya and her friends, but I think I have to ask permission so here is a small one of Leiya and one of the limousine. Limousine! Wow!
I think Leiya looks very beautiful! Tetsu agrees and is happy for her... but he likes her being a little girl better (don't all fathers?) Too adult looking for him! The high school girl who comes for English was very envious when she saw the pictures. Mrs. Yano predicted Tetsu would be upset seeing the low-cut dress. (He wasn't.). Most of my friends are amazed and realize once again how different Japanese and American cultures are. All of us are so happy for Leiya!
Good for you Leiya! I'm so glad you had a good time! Thank you Bessie and Scott for letting her have this experience!