◆ホームステイを選んだ理由 Why did you choose Homestay to stay in Japan?
While researching on the internet I read other people stating that homestay Japan was a recommended company to set up a homestay and was easy to work with/ help foreigners.
◆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?
Not sure what you mean by "convenient in Japan."? I suppose the railways and subways were very convenient as well as the "combini" was very useful since you don't have to go to far to find one and they have almost everything you could need.? Hope that answered that question.? As far as interests, I mostly came to Japan to work on my Japanese language skills, as well as reconnect with my old friends in Japan and try to make new friends.
◆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 did what most foreigners would do; explore.? I went to many temples as well as popular sites I had heard of like the Shibuya crossing and went to many restaurants.
◆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.
Mostly the mentality of the Japanese.? The Japanese are very unique people.? I talked with many Japanese people trying to get an idea of how they think and operate.? It is very different than people in the United States. People here are very polite, professional and most seem to have a very positive disposition on life.? It is something to admire.
◆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 would try and use body language if possible.? While staying at my host-family, the grandmother was the one I spent the most time with and she did not know any English so I could only use Japanese.? Many times I found it hard to accurately express myself and if I could not think of the correct word I would often look it up in my dictionary.? The problem with that is the Japanese language has many words to express similar things so it was often difficult to chose the one most accurate to what I was thinking/feeling.? For the most part, I was able to communicate just fine.
◆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?
Of course it had improved.? Mostly because when I was leaning Japanese in the states, they would teach you very basic and formal ways of saying things but I learned that this is not very useful because most people speak to you casually so the sentence would be stated in a form I could not understand.? I would learn a phrase like "anata wa doko ni itteimasuka?" but they would never say it like that.? More often it was "doko he ikuno."? That being a more casual way of speaking so once I figured out how to convert the polite form into a more casual day-to-day form it because easier to speak and understand people.
◆日本滞在中の好きな食べ物は？ What Japanese foods do you like?
Pretty much everything.? I'm sort of a picky eater so when some dishes were served to me I would look at it and think it would taste bad.? However, when I actually tried it, I discovered that it was delicious.? The only problem is I could not always remember the names of what I ate.? Probably because in a typical meal, I would be served a variety of items so there were so many things to remember.? Nevertheless, I think most Japanese food is delicious.
◆日本滞在中の嫌いな食べ物は？ What Japanese foods do you prefer not to eat ?
When I would go to the combini I noticed they always had a container of foods soaking in water by the register.? Typically it looked like octopus legs and other forms of sea food.? A friend and I tried it and thought it was pretty bad.? I'm also not a fan of anko.
◆ホームステイのエピソード Please tell us some memorable thing or episode during your homestay.
Thats difficult to narrow it down to a single event.? I really enjoyed going to the Intercultural Institute of Japan.? All the teachers were really cool and I met a lot of new friends there.? It was a little expensive for me so I was sad I could only attend a few weeks.? I'm guessing most of the students there had a lot more money than me or come from countries with a better currency exchange.? I felt that all the time spent with my host family was memorable.
◆ホームステイをして得たもの Please tell us the thing that you got from homestay.
If by "thing" you mean an omiyage then I got a number of things.? They gave me a sort of Japanese robe to wear when it was cold which I though was very nice because it was of much higher quality than the ones I found in the department stores so I figured it was probably very expensive.? They also gave me a set of rice bowls that also looked very expensive.? I think one of the nicest things I got was from the young boy.? He really did not have many toys and on my last day I remember him running around his room trying to find a gift to give me.? He ended up giving me a small Doraemon figure and I was extremely touched by the gesture.? It's probably something I will keep forever.
◆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.
If you are thinking about coming to Japan my advice to you would be stop thinking and start doing.? This is an amazingly unique country that has something to offer for everybody.? The people are cool, the food is great and the scenery is amazing.? For me, my experience in Japan has given me a lot of food for thought.? While at first, things are a bit confusing and perhaps challenging, it doesn't take long for it to feel comfortable here.? If you're like me coming from the states, Japan is a great place that will offer you a number of opportunities for personal growth.? Break out of your comfort zone and experience a culture that has refined itself for many centuries.