Ok so I was totally supposed to write this quite a while ago but I’ve been pretty under the weather recently. But without further ado here is the next segment in this little adventure:
The first official day with my host family was on a Saturday so we had some time to get to know each other. Woke up a bit late (finally some sleep!!!) and came down to my see my host mother had made me a nice breakfast. As we ate we were chatting again and suddenly she shows me an ad in the newspaper announcing the release of Hayao Miyazaki’s Howls Moving Castle and Goro Miyazaki’s Tales of Earthsea on Blu-Ray in November!!! Best way to wake up in Japan!! We had been talking about my love of anime the night before and I guess she remembered when reading the morning paper.
After that the family (meaning me, host mother, and host father) got into the car to go pick up my host father’s mother for their granddaughter’s Hawaiian dance recital. Turns out his mother is a professional teacher in how to hold a Japanese Tea Ceremony (茶の湯). She let me see the room where its practiced as well as the tools and such. It really was amazing seeing it first hand from a master (though I could barely understand what she was saying XP).
This place was so packed! Way cooler and better than an American Denny’s. It even had a small toy store in the entrance that sold small popular anime products. The funniest thing was the menu though. Rather than traditional breakfast items it was filled with foods like ramen dishes, soups, fish, and other Japanese style breakfasts. There was one tiny corner on the last page that had my sweet french toast, which I enjoyed like none other.
Following lunch we made out way to the recital. It was very interesting but while in the lobby waiting for the auditorium to open I was getting quite a number of stares. This was a pretty local family event so most people didn’t expect a foreigner to be there. Didn’t get any pics either. Either way the recital was interesting and the granddaughter was adorable doing the hula on stage :)
When we returned later that afternoon there wasn’t much to do so I spent about an hour getting used to the family bike that was loaned to me and taking a look around the neighborhood. Its a pretty place but the sheer amount of houses makes it quite overwhelming. Here are some pics I grabbed:
Pretty sunset from the grocery store.
More community farms/gardens.
Absolutely beautiful garden across from the kindergarten. This is where the kids spend recess according to my host mother. Also, those are real peacocks they’re raising. Way cooler than ducklings.
And on my return home I found this strange little car parked in someones driveway. Only in Japan.