After taking a tour at the Minamisanriku Town Biogas Generating System, we went to a center to meet our host family. I was hosted by a married couple with 3 other girls from our program. Once we arrived at the place we would be staying at, we were taken to our rooms and afterwards we were given dinner that was cooked by my host mother. At dinner, I got to introduce myself in Japanese. At first, it was kind of awkward because my Japanese isn’t that good and my host family’s English isn’t that good, so the language barrier was quite prominent. Due to us being quite tired, after dinner we all went to sleep.
The next morning we woke up early and our host family took us to see the lotus flower festival. I was really excited to go to the festival because it would be a great opportunity to see the nature surrounding the area. Once we arrived, we got a chance to go on a boat to view the flowers. After going to the festival, we went to get lunch at a ramen restaurant, which I was really excited about. We arrived back at the house and we got a chance to help our host mother prepare dinner. This was the first time I got a chance to help cook, so I was a little anxious, but it turned out to be quite enjoyable, even though I got slightly injured when trying to cut the pepper.
The conversation at dinner the second night was much better because we got a chance to know more about each other, so it wasn’t as awkward. The most enjoyable part of this experience was being able to take a break from the hectic schedule we were on and being given the opportunity to just relax and reflect on the experience I’ve had thus far.
Banneker Academic HS