◆ホームステイを選んだ理由 Why did you choose Homestay to stay in Japan?
I chose to homestay because I was planning on going by myself and I wanted a more cultural experience than I would have had if I had just stayed in a hotel.? I also didn’t know anyone in Japan, so staying with people who I could check in with and who would know if I went missing was a good thing.
◆日本で便利・興味を持ったことはなんですか？What was/were convenient in Japan? What kind of thing were you interested in?
The subway system was much larger than DC or NYC, but everywhere I wanted to go was metro-accessible and it was fun finding out different routes.? I was interested in everything!
◆休日はどのように過ごしましたか？How did you spend your spare time in Japan?
I was visiting as a tourist, so I was walking all day, every day.? I went to neighborhoods all around the city, toured many museums, and took lots of pictures.
◆ホームステイ滞在中に驚いたこと Tell us the most surprising thing while you were in Japan.
There were a lot of surprising things, but the most was the vastness of Tokyo.? I had already known that Tokyo was huge ? it had a million people in it when London was considered huge with a few thousand ? but to be on the top level of the Tokyo Tower and not see an end to the buildings on the horizon except for the bay was amazing.
◆日本語が通じなかったとき、どうしましたか？ How did you communicate with Japanese when you couldn’t explain it in Japanese?
I came knowing that it would be interesting because while I bought an immersion program, I was by no means competent or fluent in the language.? I primarily asked questions about how much something was or how to get somewhere or if I was in the right place, so I was usually able to show my map or present the object and use my limited amount of phrases.? I was completely ungrammatical I’m sure, but everyone was willing and able to help me.
◆日本語はホームステイを通じて上手になりましたか？ Was your Japanese ability improved during homestay?
Yes, I learned many more words and phrases from people and my Host Mother during my stay.
◆日本滞在中の好きな食べ物は？ What Japanese foods do you like?
I like it all!? There was obviously much more variety than in the US, so I was trying something new almost every day.? I’m not very picky or scared to try something new, so the food was a wonderful experience.
◆日本滞在中の嫌いな食べ物は？ What Japanese foods do you prefer not to eat ?
I did try natto; apparently I was the first person ever even willing to try it for my host parents.? While it wasn’t horrible, I’m not sure I’ll repeat the experience soon ? I’m not sure if it’s even available here.
◆ホームステイのエピソード Please tell us some memorable thing or episode during your homestay.
Almost halfway through my trip my host parents took me to Mount Fuji and it was amazing.? It was already winter on the mountain, so the leaves had already turned, but it was beautiful.? We drove up to the fifth level then went around and by three of the five lakes at the summit of the mountain.? It was a rare sunny day, so everything was picturesque.
◆ホームステイをして得たもの Please tell us the thing that you got from homestay.
By participating in a homestay program I was able to visit all sorts of sights, but also experience life with people who actually live and work in Tokyo.? I was able to go to an onsen with my host parents, slept on a futon, and was able to eat Japanese home cooking.? I had wonderful host parents and my host mother and I had fun going back and forth asking about Japanese and English words and phrases.? And by doing the homestay program I had people who could answer my questions about the myriad of things I saw or was confused by just because I couldn’t speak the language.
◆これから来る人へのメッセージ（事前に準備した方が良いものなど） Please write a messages to the people who are coming to Japan from now on.
Everyone is different and so will have a different experience, but participating in a homestay program was perfect for me.? I not only wanted to go sightseeing, but actually experience what it would be like to live in Tokyo with a Japanese family ? staying in a hotel or ryokan would have been good, but completely different.
I highly recommend Homestay-in-Japan.? They partnered me with a wonderful family and my experience probably wouldn’t have been as fantastic without them.