Sunday, January 29, 2012

Goodbye Party #1

We had our AFS Chapter goodbye party last Saturday.

We went bowling and ate party platters ;P

I did awesome when we were practicing bowling and hit a strike (or is that the one where you knock all the pins down in 2 tries? I knocked them all down at once), but once the game actually started I became horrible at it ('ー')v

We also played musical chairs. I played against my LP in one of the final rounds and she won, but she game me the prize. It was a paper Hello Kitty noise maker. I don't know what I'm supposed to do with it now. '__'
Make noise?

 We said short speeches and one girl started crying on the middle of hers, and then her host mom cried when she was talking too.

Then AFS gave us gifts. We got tour guide books on Miyazaki. It's a nice thing to have to show our families back home!

Then our host families got certificates of congratulations on 6 months of hosting, although all of us were originally supposed to come in March (no originally semester students here), except for one girl from Hungary will be staying still July, so she said goodbye to us too ;__;

Then we went up to the second floor and took purikura~
I will miss everyone a lot :(

Oh yeah and my host sister came back from her exchange in Brazil 2 weeks ago! So now I am not the only young person here XD

I can't believe I only have one week left...

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Happy Late New Year!

Me and my ikebana
Sorry for not updating in a while! I've been busy and lazy.
I need to update my vlog too. I've taken a lot of video footage, but haven't put it together yet >_<

I did some flower arrangement, ikebana, for the New Year.

For New Years we went to my host father's mother's home in Hyuga in northern Miyazaki.

We watched Kohaku Uta Gassen, went to a shrine on New Years day, and ate o-sechi ryori. I am not very fond of o-sechi. The only parts of it I ate were the egg, the fish cakes (same kind you find in udon), and the soybeans. Oh and the mochi in miso soup, o-zouni. I trieed it, nut do not care much for Kazunoko or sardines.

Kohaku Uta Gassen is a big music show on NHK that airs every New Years Eve. They have many popular artists on the show, half is music like J-Pop, the other half is enka.

Kohaku Uta Gassen (AKB48)
I met one of my host sisters for the first time last weekend, and this week, my other host sister is coming back from her year long exchange in Brazil.

Today I met with Girl Scouts in Japan with 2 other exchangers, and we went to eat udon, to Miyazaki Shrine, the Prefectural Museum, and to eat majuu. It was a lot of fun!

I can't believe it's almost time to leave here... I only have  3 weeks left. A part of me wants to go home, but the other part of me wants to stay. Talking to other exchangers, it seems many of us feel this way.
I'm going to be sad to say goodbye to everyone here ;__;

I have bought a crapton of gifts. They fill like half my suitcase.

Bye bye for now~