We got to meet our host buddies and our host families and not even gonna front, I full on shed tears. It was a moment I will definitely keep close to my heart because being given the privilege to be living in someones house is a big deal. Homes are the hearts of a family and the spaces that people occupy are so telling of themselves. Therefore, I'm super aware of the fact they these people are willing to take care and accept me as apart of the family for these next few weeks. MAN YA GIRL WAS GETTING EMOTIONAL AHAHAHAHA.
When I walked into the classroom and saw Miho we just clicked. Like that mutual eye stare where it's like "I see you and I see you seeing me and it's cool because we see each other"? Yeah it was all that. While waiting for her family to arrive (I would be leaving with them) we got to know each other better. Miho and I are the same age which makes it easier in terms of Japanese communication because we can speak informally to each other. She's in class 4-C, plays badminton (my girl is FIT!) and likes anime and manga. She's also hella cute and considerate and I wouldn't have chosen anyone else to be my partner.
When it came to the time to meet the family, I was uncharacteristically nervous. I had only seen them in pictures and had never gotten the chance to speak to any of them besides Miho so ya girl was lowkey stressing. However, when I met them all I was met with was love! Miyamoto Sensei told us that the Japanese may not be open to hugging so I didn't go in for the hugs straight away like I usually would but turns out I didn't have to because they were literally welcoming me with open arms. In Miho's family it is her Dad, Mum, older brother, her and her grandparents. I was so excited to meet the grandparents who were waiting at home for us because elderly people just warm my heart to be honest.
Once we got home I was introduced to them and they are so cute!! I was given a house tour and we ate dinner together.
All in all, I'm so grateful for my homestay family and their hospitality (they wouldn't even let me open the door by myself omg I'm spoilt). I'm looking forward to the rest of my stay here with them!
Ayyy wassup fellow dudes and dudettes! My name is Aigagalefili a.k.a Fili, a Samoan bred, Southside bound kid who's gonna be travelling to Jishukan High School in Kanagawa, Japan. Follow the Chronicles of an International Ka'a if you down with it.