Help Sana get to Japan

Stefanie Erskine Start Date: Mar 6, 2019 - End Date: Jul 3, 2019
  • Tokyo, Japan
  • Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
  • Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan
  • Osaka Prefecture, Japan
  • Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan

My Travel Story

by: Stefanie Erskine Start Date: Mar 6, 2019 - End Date: Jul 3, 2019
Hello. My name is Sana Erskine although I hope most of you already know that.

I’m raising money to go on an educational trip with Midtown International School to Japan for a fresh new cultural experience. This will be my first international trip without a parent. While I’m doing all I can to raise money for this trip, I just can’t do it without you.

Why do I want to go to Japan?

To start with, I’ve wanted to go to Japan since I was 10 years old and hope to live there one day. In preparation, over the last 2 years I even started teaching myself Japanese using foreign language apps on my cell phone. My interest started out for superficial reasons like my admiration for anime and vocaloid. However, as I learned more about Japan history and culture, my fascination for the island grew. For example, did you know Japan was until recently (relatively speaking) completely isolated from the world by a government policy called Sakoku (country in chains)? Sakoku  didn’t let anyone leave or enter Japan under penalty of death.  When the country opened to the world an interesting culture was revealed. 
There are a few things that are unique to Japan that I hope to experience should I receive the required donations:
  • Delicious rice cakes called Mochi, that are mostly eaten on the Japanese New year but are available year-round.
  • Shintoism are three different sets of characters used in writing.                           - Ikebana (the art of arranging flowers inspired by Shintoism)                     - Waka (a form of poetry)                                                                               - Nanga (painting with less color)
  • Hopefully, while I’m there I can learn some art tips and get a better grasp on drawing human and animal anatomy.
  • Language immersion, including slang, so I can have regular conversations with my Japanese peers. 
To show my appreciation, I will send each person who donates a piece of my original artwork. I assume you know that art is my passion and want to share a little bit of me with all of you.

All the art is digital so you can save it to your favorite device or print and hang it.

Thank you again for your support.
Sana
  • Tokyo, Japan
  • Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
  • Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan
  • Osaka Prefecture, Japan
  • Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan

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  • Art Option 2

    Art Option 2
    Clowns aren't scary
  • Art Option 1

    Art option 1
    Option 1: Wan Wan (translation: Woof Woof)