I`ve already had 4 host families, and will have at least 2 more before I return home. 3 of them were only for a short time, but I got to experience 4 different lifestyles.
I stayed with them for my first week in Japan. My older host sister Mikiko (19) is a college student in Tokyo but was home for that week. She took me to see Salt (where I pointed out Albany when it came into view) and took purikura for the first time. They gave me a tour of Hachinohe and helped me get adjusted to Japan and school. Right before I changed families, we went to Kappa Sushi, a conveyer belt sushi resteraunt which was a lot of fun.
My second and also my current host family. My host parents are both veterinarians and run an animal clinic. I live in the second floor, above the animal hospital but I go through the clinic everyday when I return from school. They have 4 big dogs they keep outside, and 1 small dog, Tagosaku, who is very naughty and always knocks over the trash cans. My host brother, Mei (23), and host sister, Rei (20), are both university students so I don`t see them very often. Rei came home for a week during the summer and we went hiking together.
I stayed with them for a week when the Chibas went on vacation to Jordan and Syria, and then for another 2 days when they went to a funeral. My 2 host brothers, Kinosuke (18) and Minofune (12), and my host sister, Koto (15), all had really busy schedules, and I got to see my host sister`s kendo tournament and my younger host brother`s judo tournament. I stayed with them during the week before test week, so they really helped me study and such. I really enjoyed having a lot of host siblings and I could really experience a Japanese family life.
I stayed with them for about a week when the Chibas went to a wedding. I had 2 younger host sisters, Miori (15) and Akari (10), and an older host brother, Tatsuya (19). I went with them to their calligraphy class and we completed a puzzle together (which had to have 1 piece missing). I also went to see a movie with my two host sisters and later took purikura. I really enjoyed staying with them.
I`ll correct and add more stuff when I remember. I have a post half done on Mutsu and Tokyo which I`ll finish later.
Next week I`m going on my school trip! Nagasaki, Kyoto, Nara and Osaka here I come!