It was the most amazing experience! The family was so welcoming and I feel we have made lifelong friends. The meals were fantastic (more on that later).
|Side gardens and entrance|
|Tatami area of room|
|Western-style low beds|
Our hosts have three children and one night we played card games with them. The goal was to teach English and learn as much Japanese as possible. During our conversation our host brought up a movie quote that bothered him. He was watching Back to the Future and Michael J Fox is called a chicken. This led to a very long discussion on English language idioms. Ever try explaining idioms to someone who speaks English? Try explaining it to someone who doesn't primarily speak English!
We laughed about movies, cultural differences, animal sounds (bun bun - pig and wan wan - dog), school schedules, video games, and children. Between the Google translate app, funny charades, and poorly drawn pictures we spent many hours together.