◆ホームステイを選んだ理由 Why did you choose Homestay to stay in Japan?
I wanted to have contact with Japanese people and have first hand experience of Japanese culture and life in a Japanese family.
◆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?
(I`m not sure what is meant by this question!) perhaps just to name a few things : public transport e.g. trains, subways etc.; tourist information centres, abundance of places to eat (good) food; abundance of public toilets!! (yes, everywhere, and always so clean)
◆休日はどのように過ごしましたか？How did you spend your spare time in Japan?
◆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.
how helpful people are in general
◆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?
mime, writing, pointing
◆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?
it wasn`t the goal of my homestay (I had no Japanese when I arrived in the country) but I did pick up a few words and expressions there.
◆日本滞在中の好きな食べ物は？ What Japanese foods do you like?
tofu meals; fish and some types of sushi; (there were also some foods I liked but didn`t know what they were!!)
◆日本滞在中の嫌いな食べ物は？ What Japanese foods do you prefer not to eat ?
anything containing meat, whale and tuna.
◆ホームステイのエピソード Please tell us some memorable thing or episode during your homestay.
One of the things that surprised and delighted me was that my host family took me for so much sightseeing. They also took me to visit their temple which was a terrific experience as I was so warmly welcomed there and shown how to do caligraphy (I had previously expressed and interest in caligraphy) and a tea cermony.I wasn`t expecting anything like that which made it all the more memorable.
◆ホームステイをして得たもの Please tell us the thing that you got from homestay.
many things, but perhaps the most important was the openess, warmth and kindness of people from a different culture from mine!
◆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.
Japan is a great country to visit especially for the solo female traveller. People are polite, courteous and approachable for help/directions even when they are evidently hurrying e.g. in the rush hour! and their honesty is humbling!! It is easy to travel around as the trains - and public transport in general- is so efficient.
Not being able to speak Japanese is not the drawback one might expect, although there will be many instances when you wish you could communicate on a deeper level with the people you meet. I can strongly recommend including a Homestay visit for the opportunity to interact with Japanese people on a personal level.