Family isn’t always blood. It’s the people in your life who want you in theirs; the ones who accept you for who you are. The ones who would do anything to see you smile and who love you no matter what.
June 23, 2015. I remember this day so clearly. Not only was this the day my family found out we still had $3,000 left to pay for the trip with only two months left before departure, this was also the day my favorite artist’s (Tori Kelly’s) album, Unbreakable Smile, came out! Oh, and the day I received my permanent host family and school placement information.
I am staying in Meguro, Tokyo. TOKYO! I was so ecstatic when I found that out, and I still am because that means that I am in the heart of Japan. I am around EVERYTHING! Still, the only reason I’m residing in one of the largest cities in the world is because of the Yamamoto’s, my host family.
In my host family, I have a father (50), a mother (49), a younger sister (15), and a younger brother (8). Along with this information, my host family’s email was also given to me. So, I sent an email to the family in order to introduce myself and to ask what type of gifts they wanted from America. I had a fairly quick response from my host mother. She welcomed me greatly and told me that the family couldn’t wait to meet me. She also told me that my host dad liked cookies, my host brother liked dinosaurs and star wars, and that she liked organic things. So, I got butter cookies for my host dad, Argo coconut tea for my host mother, a double blade light saber for my host brother, and lotions and perfume for my host sister. I can’t wait to give them their gifts.
Toyo Eiwa High School
I’m going to stop saying the word “never.” I always told myself that I would NEVER go to an all-girls school. Guess where I am going? In Minato, Tokyo, I will be attending Toyo Eiwa Jogakuin High School (This is the English site. Here is the official Japanese site.) An all-girls Christian Catholic high school. Of all the coed schools in Japan, I’m going to an all-girls Christian Catholic school. And I have to wear a sailor uniform with a SKIRT! I haven’t worn a skirt sense elementary school because I don’t like them! (Actually, I wore a dress at my Grandpa’s funeral because he wanted to see me in one, but that still says something.) So, for the first time, most of my family and friends will see me in a skirt. Wow. This will be very interesting.
Anyway, I went to the school’s website to look at classes, clubs, and activities I might – or could – take. Unlike in America, you can only choose one after school activity. I’m still deciding between dance club, art club, and basketball. I guess I can check out the clubs when I get to Japan before making my choice.
So many new things, and so many new people. This is going to be very interesting.