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New Food and New Lodgings

Arrived at my host family's home! My host-mom Asako Arai and my host-sister Ayuko Arai picked me up and drove me to their apartment in Sayama. They are both very nice and evern though my Japanese needs a lot of work we manage to communicate (Ayuko's electronic dictionary is a lifesaver!!)

I figured I should put up a few pictures of what I've been eating:
イチゴミルク: strawberry milk that I bought from a vending machine (I LOVE those things). Very sweet, but delicious.

One of the meals at the Marubeni training center: cold pork, miso soup, dumplings, rice (that stuff is everywhere!) and a fruit pudding dessert.

This is the meal that my host mom made tonight: cabbage, miso soup, and a hamburger which was melt in your mouth delicious!!!

I got to take a Japanese shower (where you sit on a small stool) and I got to watch strange TV game shows. I've unpacked completely as well and my room now feels almost like home. We spent a lot of time talking about Chicago, and they looked a lot at photos I brought. Tomorrow I have to go register myself as an alien, and I think I'll walk around the neighborhood and see where there is to be seen.
(Also I want to vist a コンビに (kombini--convenience store) and look around.
I've probably used up my allotted daily computer use time (I'm guessing it's around 30 minutes, so I'll close out with a picture of my new (lovely) abode:


  1. Of course, I love the pictures of the food :-D And your room. The whole thing sounds very exciting and I'm so glad that your family is nice and that your host mom makes good food!

  2. CLAIRE! I miss you soo much already and yum it looks like you're gonna get fat! hee hee! Is there anyway to call you? cause of course you want to know what is going on at payton, right?

  3. I can't really call people...sorry! (Too expensive + the time zone difference makes it hard.) But I check my email almost everyday so send me emails ok?! Miss you too! I'll try not to get fat!

  4. Claire, what *is* your email?

    Glad to hear you're having such a great time already! That food looks phenomenal, and as echoed above, it's great that your host family is so awesome.


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