New Experience in My Homestay

When I was arriving to the Japanese traditional style house, we drove through the mountain. There were lots of nature, and it was exactly the same image of the rural area that I have. My stereotype of the rural area is that there are many natures but it is less convenient. I could never see the convenience store or stations from the house, but I like the nature and it was comfortable in there.

My host parents like to watch foreign movies, and we watched it during the meals. We saw many movies and we were able to expand the topic of our conversation. We talked about the foods on every meal, and almost every food was brought by the father. He was a fisherman as it is the common job in Minamisanriku.

On the full day with my host family, we had a valuable experience helping the job as a new fisherman. The host father taught us the process of farming scallops, and we had experienced the first step of the process called “Pin-sashi.” We stab the pin through the rope to hang the shell. It was a very simple task, but I felt like I was a fisherman.

After we took a nap, we went to the beach. Bryson, Daniel, and me explored an uninhabited island called “Areshima,” trying to reach the opposite side of the island. There were many cliffs to reach the end, and the island was filled with danger, but we had a wonderful adventure!

We had a delicious takoyaki party for the dinner and had a great time with my host family and my friends. After the dinner, I had a chance to talk with my host mother about my business plan. She told me that it is an excellent plan to connect the senior citizens and children who are wait-listed for the kindergarten on the website. She said that there are many senior citizens in their community who are using an internet, and they want to involve with children. She gave me one problem that I should solve: to remove the suspense for accepting children. I thought it would be necessary to gain understandings for instance, to hold a meeting for the senior citizens, or make a user policy that would remove their suspicion. I will continue thinking for the best solutions for this problem.

Throughout this program, I am learning that it is important to talk, to ask, and to listen to people. It is also important to think actively before, during, and after the conversation as well.

Ryotaro Morimoto
Keio Shonon Fujisawa SHS

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