Nagano Homestay

February 24, 2009 in Japan

17th December 2008. I took a 3-hour train from Shinjuku to Nagano to meet my host family for the first time.

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I enjoyed the journey very much. The scenery was the best i’ve ever seen through a train window.

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Nagano is a mountain place. Colder than other big cities.

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Snow mountains everywhere.

3 hours later i reached Matsumoto. And Yuriko was at the station waiting for me with her daughter Ai chan.

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Just 1 minute after meeting me she was already posing for my camera. ^^

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Going back home to the snow white house. If you remember. Neh, my attic bedroom which has a window that allows me to gaze at the shining stars in the nightsky lying on my bed. :)

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Ai chan wanted to play with me.

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This is not a fan, but a halogen heater. Cool leh. Well i don’t mean cool, cool.

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I was immediatedly treated to one of Matumoto’s specialty: Ringo.

(Which is also the main reason why i began feeling apprehensive about my own name because every single day Yuriko asked the kids “do you wanna eat Ringo?” and no matter how i tried to dismiss it as a joke [which it is not, she was dead serious] it sounded wrong.)

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And some savory snacks.

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Yuriko’s other kid, Kai, was very shy though. He refused to say hello to me.

(I dislike kids who refuse to say hello to me. I want to stuff their heads into the oven. But Kai was ok. He said hello to me on the third day or something. So i stopped wanting to stuff his head into the oven.)

Yuriko then brought me next door, to her parents’ house. Yuriko’s house is western cottage style while the parents’ one is traditional Japanese Washitsu.

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Met Obaasan and Ojisan. And immediately i was treated to more local delicacies.

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Kaki. Home made dried persimmon. Another specialty of Matsumoto city.

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And some savory snacks.

At this point i was beginning to feel like a chimpanzee in the zoo. Everybody wants to feed me something.

The grandparents were very impressed by me. Or rather, i’d say that they were a little too easily impressed by anything at all. They ended everything with “sugoine!”, means, wow, great kinda thing. And they say it “sungoine” with a heavy nasal tone, which according to TK only very old people will use. And then we always like to mock the way they say it, cuz very very cute!

Anyway. They were like,

“You know how to speak Japanese? Sungoine!”
“You know how to speak Mandarin too? Sungoine!”
“And Malay also? Sungoine!”
(It was a lie. I can’t speak Malay to save a dying pregnant lizard.)
“Is that your camera? Sungoine!”
“You take nice pictures! Sungoine!”

The list goes on.

They are one of the friendlist people i have met. Especially Ojisan. He seems to be fascinated with everything that’s been existing over the last 3 decades.

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Yuriko then prepared dinner for us while i watched the weather forecast for the next day.

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Really reaaaaaaally wonderful dinner for two adults and two kids (at least that was what i thought that day.) I was so touched and i felt so bloody lucky my foster mom can cook such amazing dinner (at least that was what i thought that day), and thought like, omg imma be a Japanese food expert in no time (yea, that was what i thought that day).

But, in actual fact, there’s something about Yuriko’s cooking that is… Well, i will tell you in the next entry.

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  1. wow, beautiful scenery:) I so wish to have such a trip. Aiya, why you drag the Yuriko cooking part hihi

  2. uhuhu… so suspense!! very beautiful larh the sceneries!!! wei, the halogen heater damn yeng!!! >.< sungoine~!!! =D

  3. Ooo that long stick savoury thingie is damn nice omfg *bimbo*

    Eat Ringo, I want to. Inside out or outside in wtf ahaha

  4. that day is my birthday! I wish to have a homestay in Hokkaido, so I can learn some beer brewing Japanese style there… Japan is a humble country, the rural and city have a big gap, where everything still very traditional compare to the city… I guess this is what happening to Malaysia too… haha

  5. Anticipating the next entry!

  6. sugoi ne rin-chan :D ringo oishi desu ka? XD

    never doubted they’d react liddat la, you’re just too amazing hehe. did you dare to try those dried persimmons or not? they look exotically weird, i loike ;)

  7. Sounds ominous? You wrote this blog entry? Sugoine!

  8. how did u may ur way to this homestay? through agency right? and wow your fosters were cool!!! do ya have to speak fluent jap with them or did u communicate with hand signs?(jkjk) if u can comm with them, ur jap proficiency is high!

  9. dried persimmons can also be found in msia isnt it?sold in markets..neway y u wan stuf kid’s head in oven!!!they shy ma!!jahat!!=P

    hmm,did she buy the food instead?lol

  10. (I dislike kids who refuse to say hello to me. I want to stuff their heads into the oven. But Kai was ok. He said hello to me on the third day or something. So i stopped wanting to stuff his head into the oven.)

    You are so scary…

  11. oh dear… it seems so cozy & homely n warm & fuzzy and all that. i wanna go too!

  12. ok sorry this is Cindy Tey not Eri Peng. I’m at Eri’s house. haha!

  13. is so nice…
    I never been to any Japanese’s family..
    Is nice to get know more about their culture…

  14. “…there’s something about Yuriko’s cooking…”

    let me guess…Yuriko bought ready-made food..?

  15. just 1 minute after meeting and you start taking pic…. > <lll

  16. wow! the kaki look so different from the ones we buy here..

  17. Your attic bedroom.. totally reminds me of Ikepara all of a sudden. :p
    Ahh, the scribbled love message. <3

  18. i know what’s in yuriko’s cooking! She uses lots of ajinomoto!!

  19. OK now I wanna know how many train rides you’ve been (LRT not included)

  20. I wanna go homestay also. :( How much does it cost?

  21. I like AiChan’s fur jacket !! So niceeee ~

  22. EHHH cis what a tease!! make my heart beat faster only wtf

  23. i like the furniture ..look very classic and clean =)

  24. fatt mou “kaki”? n u ate that? sungoine~

  25. Inside of the house looks like a Finnish sauna…although not convinced the heater could get you QUITE hot enough…

  26. Hmm Maybe I could homestay with some sexy japanese girls ;-)

  27. whats wrong with yuriko’s cooking?? actually her parents cook one is it? fai fai chui blog about it la….

  28. Mr.Horlic Cash says:

    Nice Nagano! Look like much more prettier than Kintamani at Bali Island! grrr..jealous

  29. its my first time visiting your blog, linked from my friend… and i see that you’re in Jpn! … amazing…. Japs are the same everywhere hahaaha…. which is why i dont tell them i know chinese and cantonese and malay…. because being able to speak english can make me a star already … have fun though!

  30. First time visiting! Love it love it! ;)

  31. :mrgreen: stumbled on your blog just a minute ago & I’m already hooked :razz:

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