first home stay
so went to this home stay last weekend
firstly i got on to the wrong train ...
u know the trains here are fast and so many tracks here that its confusing
and then all the info is in kanji ...
so i landed up around 30 kms off my home stay target..
just thank god for mobile phones ..
i then called the lady to whose house i was going ( i will call her okasan from now on)
and she goes "arararararara"
just like that lady in kyunki ....
i couldnt control my laughter..
anyways she told me how to get there and finally
about 1 and half hours late i reached ... the right station
from where she picked me up
the home was real nice
at least it was a house .. and not an apartment in a 20 story building
like most are here in japan
at home were just the couple .. okasan and otosan
they are about 60 and 55 in age and have 4 grandchildren
both were very nice and friendly ....
especially considering the fact that their limited english ability and my limited jap meant that conversation was tough
but still me and okasan were chatting for long ...
dinner was pretty interesting will tell u more later
dont think i have a trace of vegetarian left in me ...
the next day we went to ufuin
its this famous hill station in oita prefecture..... like mussoorie u could say
really nice ...
oh my god i want a camera sooooooooo baaaad
it was real good ... lots of shops ..
now u must know that japan is full of dormant volcanoes
so there are a host of hot springs here u know
and hot natural water
now these japanese people are just obsessed with bathing and relaxing in these hot springs ..
they are called "onsens"
now u must also understand that these onsens are not just there anymore
they are fully commercialised phenomenon..
so coming back to ufuin .. my home stay people were abolutely avid on
making me have my first onsen experience
so there we were .. at the famous onsen at ufuin ...
paying 600 yen an hour per head ...
oka san went the ladies one while i and otosan went to dudes thingi
i must also tell u at this point .. that these are extremely sacred phenomenon
so u must enter the onsen wearing nothing but nothing
YA ABSOLUTELY NAKED IN A PUBLIC BATH !!!! AAAAAAAAA
That also with someone i just met yesterday... and is about 30 yeasr older than me
people !!!!! respect !!!!!
thats why i call it an onsen experience
anyways i entered the area .. with a small towel to try and hide myself...
but i must admit it was good ... once u go past the initial shyness
u start to enjoy it .. the blue sky .. the birds ...the trees
and then a hot boiling water pool ( ya its absolutely boiling )
u let urself go .. and relax .....
" this is life " i said to myself ...
after an hour of royal bathing i was out and about in ufuin
i had a nice lunch at one of the restaurants and then ice cream
but the fatc that my lunch itself cost yen 1000...
made me feel a little guilty..
so on the way back i was dropped back to AP house
where i live ...
and the home stay was over ..
a truly wonderful experience...