One and half days of the Hokkaido trip was spent with a host family; I spent this short period of time with the Nagano family. Unlike America, if the family wanted to play in the snow, they simply step outside during winter and there would be a huge pile of snow. America’s snow is very hard but the snow in Japan was soft like a cotton candy and thick like the mattress; so thick that they have to clear away the snow in front of their houses. Honoka, one of the sisters in the family, suggested we jump into the snow from a playground structure. It seemed scary looking down but the snow cushioned our fall.
The whole time was not spent on playing in the snow, Honoka, her mother, and her sister, Konoha, brought us to Otaru, a city with lots of historical buildings. We ate ramen, dango, taiyaki and ice cream. We also got the chance to play with glass and make a small keychain; it was really tiring because we had to keep our arm the same position when holding the glass. Near the end of the day, we went to the department store and bought lots of sashimi for that night’s dinner. We also took a few purikura to record down our memories. The day came when we had to travel back to Tokyo and all host families and students met for a mini farewell party. I cried lots when I sent the Nagano family off to the elevator, it was a short period of time, but I have bonded with them so much. I still keep in contact with Honoka, but I really wish I could go back to Japan soon and visit them.