17th December 2008. I took a 3-hour train from Shinjuku to Nagano to meet my host family for the first time.
I enjoyed the journey very much. The scenery was the best i’ve ever seen through a train window.
Nagano is a mountain place. Colder than other big cities.
Snow mountains everywhere.
3 hours later i reached Matsumoto. And Yuriko was at the station waiting for me with her daughter Ai chan.
Just 1 minute after meeting me she was already posing for my camera. ^^