Diana and Peter

Diana's Proposal in Hakone, Japan

How We Met

We met in high school at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy at a concession stand during a school basketball game. I invited Pete to hang out and eat some pizza with some friends; it turned out that he hated pizza because of the tomato sauce, but he still came because he had a little crush on me! That night, he asked me to be his girlfriend. At first, I was hesitant since we had just met, but I was honestly over-the-top with giddy emotion. I literally could not control my smiles. During the short time we spent together, I felt an instant connection with him and ultimately, agreed to be his girlfriend. Since our high school was a residential school, we were able to spend every day together and get to know each other’s quirks, likes and dislikes, and passions.

Wedding Proposal Ideas in Hakone, Japan

Fast forward 3 years and we are at Michigan State University, struggling with college courses and planning weekly board game nights with friends. Of course, there were some bumps in the road with us being apart because of study abroad or getting into disagreements about where we should eat, but overall, we were loving life together! By graduation, we had been dating for 6 blissful and exciting years.

How He Asked

After graduating from MSU, Pete and I planned a graduation trip to Asia. Specifically, we visited my extended family in China, toured three different cities in Japan, and visited an MSU roommate in Taiwan. I knew that proposal might be on Pete’s mind, but I urged him not to proposed during the trip because I wouldn’t be able to relax and enjoy it when I was anxious with anticipation. He agreed and promised that he would not ask me so that we could enjoy our trip together! This is the only promise he has ever broken in our relationship, and I’m not upset about it. During the second leg of our trip in Japan, we visited a town called Hakone. The small area is known for its serene landscapes comprised of natural hot springs, Lake Ashinoko and the Owakudani volcanic valley.

We were staying at a small hot spring resort, but decided to venture out into the town of Hakone. We travelled by bus to Lake Ashinoko, a scenic lake formed in the caldera of Mount Hakone after a volcanic eruption 3000 years ago. After taking a pirate-themed cruise ship to the other side of the lake, we traveled up the Hakone cable car ropeway, ascending the volcanic mountain to reach the peak. We saw glimpses of Mount Fuji through sulphury clouds of smoke, and eventually headed back down to the lake. On the way down, I was preoccupied with the scenery around me and did not notice Pete getting on one knee and pulling out the ring. I burst out in happy tears; it was the last thing I expected given his promise to me before the trip, but I was so excited to say yes.

Pete and I have been together 7 years and are happily engaged. We are extremely excited for our future together and hope to share our love with the people around us!