I met three female students who are studying Japanese at the University of Maryland on Aug 4. Surprisingly, they could speak Japanese very well and were so familiar with Japanese TV dramas and music. For example, one of them really loves musicians belonging to Avex, Ayumi Hamasaki and Kumi Koda, so she has been studying business in order to work at avex as an attendant of musician. And another loves Japanese pop idol groups like SMAP. I really enjoyed the three-hour conversation. We exchanged e-mail addresses, so I am going to send an email as soon as I can after returning to Japan.And after that, we went to the KennedyCenter for a free jazz concert. It was such a good performance and a female singer was so energetic that it froze us for a short time. And finally, we went to a sushi restaurant which served delicious sushi . What a shame that I couldn’t take pictures there because of lack of battery of my camera.