Archive for November, 2008

Homestay #1: The Maeda Family

Sunday, November 30th, 2008 | Uncategorized | No Comments

How’s it going, everyone? With Thanksgiving and Christmas coming on, everybody’s probably getting pretty busy with (not-really-)last-minute shopping, and I hear you even get snow there. I consider myself lucky that Japan is a country that doesn’t get much snow, or at least hasn’t yet. But there are probably the first sightings of Christmas lights (there are here, too), sales on turkeys (we don’t have those), and all kinds of other seasonal things, many of which are mimicked by Japan, but most of which are not.

I wish I could be there. I miss you all, and hope you have a great Thanksgiving!

But that’s neither here nor there. What I’m writing about today is my first homestay experience. I decided to skip over the University Festival, because I can pretty much sum the 3 days up in a couple sentences: I didn’t go Saturday, Sunday I ate a lot of good food, and Monday I saw an awesome comedy performance. All in all, it was pretty fun, but pretty much everything thus far in Japan (except MAYBE that beautiful view from the peak of Mt. Misen on Miyajima island) was overshadowed pretty easily by the homestay this past weekend.

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Kyoto & Toyota

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008 | Uncategorized | No Comments

Hi again :) Just to start things off, let me update you all on what’s going on in my life. After we started going on trips, I began failing my kanji quizzes repeatedly because I didn’t have nearly enough time to study. Well, I finally got back on track yesterday, and I believe I got a 9/10! Yay! Keep your fingers crossed that I do as well on the one on Thursday. That’s pretty much it for class… everything else is going pretty steadily.

Aisde from that, this Saturday and Sunday we will be our first homestay experience. We got the information about the families we’ll be staying with today. I’ll be staying with the Maeda family, it seems. Their home has the mother, father, grandmother (they wrote “granma”), and 3 children: Shoichiro (10), Misato (7), and Kenjiro (7). If you can’t tell the gender by their names (I can XD), they’re boy, girl, boy, respectively. I’m a bit confused, to tell the truth, because the homestay thing is being conducted by a local middle school… and none of those children are in middle school. So yeah, I’m a bit confused… anyway, it’ll be interesting. Especially because on the form, they filled in the “Ability of English” item as “Poor”… that’ll be fun. XD

Anyway, I should probably get on to what I’m actually writing about, and what you were probably expecting to read about from the title of this post: Kyoto & Toyota. I’m going to wrap these trips up into one post, because honestly, I didn’t really enjoy either of them very much. But whatever. That’ll happen from time to time, am I right?

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Hiroshima, Day 3: Miyajima

Friday, November 7th, 2008 | Uncategorized | No Comments

Woo! I’m finally getting to the last of the Hiroshima story! And only almost 3 weeks later! Sorry for the wait. Homework, projects, and studying kanji have just been piling up, and I haven’t had time for much else. Also, at least in the past week, I’ve been spending more time at the arcade playing an awesome game called Jubeat, which I have pretty much become addicted to. :/

Anyway, that’s completely unrelated. So, Hiroshima! On to Day 3: Miyajima.

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