First impression of U.S.A.

Author: Asami Terauchi from Japan

My first impression of U.S.A. is that everything in here is really big, compared to Japan. First of all, we can think the size of America and Japan. For example, the size of Japan is as big as California. It means their size are totally different. The population of America is also larger than that of Japan. However, I found some another huge things ever in visual form in here, and these impressed me very much when I came here first time.

First thing is its road. When I arrived at LAX, the car was coming for me. Then I rode it and came to my host family’s house. During driving, I could not sleep because of jet lag though I was so tired of the long flight. So I was gazing the view from the window. At that time, I realized the car seldom turned round for long time. We drove on the very long road for long time. It meant the road was really long. Furthermore, I saw a road had four lanes in each. There rarely are types of the road in Japan because of the small ground. I also thought a lane was much winder than Japanese. I was really impressed by these and thought these were symbol of the extent.

Second one is anything I saw in the market. I was surprised when I went to the market first time. First, the size of the carts is really huge. I guess this is over twice as big as Japanese. People who were shopping put much of food in it. I was amazed at the volume of the snacks too. The smallest size of them is usually the biggest size in my country. In addition, the deal of each pack was very much. For example, too many potatoes as I could not count were packed in a bag. Especially, I was so surprised the size of the pumpkin in around Halloween. I have never seen such a big vegetable. I considered that anything in the market in America was really huge, and was impressed so much.

Finally, American house is so big. I have seen Hollywood movie many times. That is why I have known that the house is really larger than Japanese. It is natural that American house is larger because of the difference of their square. Yet, I could not help being amazed at such a big house when I saw it in real. First, each yard is so large. It sometimes has a pool. Only the rich are usually able to have a pool in the yard in Japan. The inside is also very wide. It has many empty rooms as the family can accept international students. This means they had big family and now the children just have their own family in another place. I believe the big family is also the reason of the big house.

Now I become familiar with something big in U.S.A. So I am not surprised at those very much than before. However, when I come back to Japan, It is sure I am surprised at anything small there. They are like the roads, products at the market and even my house.

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