Sorry, I would have written this blog post sooner, but I'm lazy and put it off until the last day.
Anyways, my homestay experience in Gifu has been absolutely amazing. I'm so thankful that I had this experience available, because it's an irreplaceable opportunity and I honestly can't put into words how happy I am that I was able to do this. I'm in love with my host family, and quite frankly I'm not sure I want to go back to America... The food's been amazing, what with the cute little lunchboxes that I get each evening plus the great restaurants we've gone out to. I've been karaoking (?) twice already, and I've also been to a public bath house with my host brother and father, which was a little awkward but was sooooooooo nice after we started to soak in the sauna and etc. We've gone out and eaten dinner in a boat on the river while fisherman fish, and currently I'm holding up a picture opportunity because I'm writing this blog post. Oops.
My host family is sooooooo nice. Rina, my host student, is super quiet, but she's really nice and somewhat mysterious. Also, kawaii. My host brother is basically everything I'd ever want in a brother ever. I'm thinking about inviting him to join our family. Maybe trade for my sister, who knows. He loves manga and anime, his favorite video game is Metal Gear Solid, and he thinks I'm funny. I don't know the emote for hearts on a japanese keyboard, so I'm afraid I'll have to spare you. My mother and father are both really nice, and they even went out and bought me these really cool figures and models to bring back to the states. My grandmother is also really cool, and while I haven't talked to her a ton, I've learned that she's a very good dancer. Better than me even. Go figure.
The festivals were probably the pinnacle of the Gifu Kita experience. Our class (2-3) made their classroom into a giant haunted house, and I got to be a prop in it, which was a blast. Until Tyler and Jamie went through and started hitting me. :( No, but actually it was pretty fun. It was just flat out amazing how so many plain ordinary classrooms could be turned into completely different things, and how students spent so much time preparing for a single festival.
The PE festival was after the culture festival, and that was awesome. We played this game where three people hold another person up on their shoulders, and all the people on top get hats, and they have to try and knock the other people's hats off. Being the tallest, lightest boy in the group, I was on top. And it was really fun. Also, there was this really dangerous pole game, but I'm sure other people have explained it, and I kinda have to go downstairs to take some pictures.
It was a really fun 10 or so days, and I'm hopin that my host student and I can remain in contact for a very long time. Hopefully forever. I'm so thankful to them, and I extended a welcome for them to stay at our house, so sorry Dad, but it's happening.