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The most beautiful scenery was the kindness of the people.

I wanted to travel with my family and friends, and since I had traveled to big cities in Japan many times before, I thought it would be not so interesting, so I searched on Google and found this service. I have always wanted to see the real Japanese lifestyle, and since I prefer the countryside, I thought it would be perfect for us. I have a dream of moving to Japanese countryside in the future. The countryside has beautiful scenery and is less expensive than the city. Macau, where I come from, is very small and there is no place that can be called countryside. I stayed in Hitachiota, which is a typical rural area, and the scenery was very beautiful. It might be normal for Japanese people, but compared to the urban area of Macau, where I live, it was refreshing to be able to see things far away.We cooked our own meals and also had meals with our host families. I was also very impressed that they celebrated my child's birthday by having a cake with everyone. I was also very happy to receive handmade rice balls on the day I left. We also drove with other guests to nearby hot springs and famous bridges. It was very pleasant to take a walk around the area with the kids in the morning. It was a great experience for the children to interact with other children and to interact with animals such as chickens and goats. I thought it was very valuable for the children to go to the countryside.We didn't visit many places this time, but the adults were able to spend a relaxing time in the countryside, and the children made friends with other guests' children and played with them. The children made friends and played with the children of other guests, and the encounters with new people, including other guests, left a lasting impression on me. We had a wonderful time together. It was a perfect stay for me as the Chinese saying goes: “最美的風景是人”-The most beautiful scenery was the kindness of the people.I didn't have a specific purpose for this trip, but I was hoping to spend a relaxing time with my family. Also, the trip was just when my child turned one year old. While this was the first time for my child to go abroad, I was hoping that it would be an unforgettable memory, and I am very happy that we were able to accomplish that.Although there are other services such as Minpaku(staying at a private home or room) and Airbnb, I think the advantage of homestay at Familyinn is that you can get to know other guests and have a deep connection with your hosts, and I highly recommend it!

From the UK to Rural Japan: My Homestay Journey in Futami

No, this is my first time. I thought I’d better come here in advance before settling when I become an adult and I’m sure to live here.I planned to come here to commute to a Japanese school as an exchange student because I applied two years ago. That was a trigger me to want to learn about various cultures also I was studying Japanese in My school, so I always wanted to go to Japan but I couldn’t because of the covid. The country was also locked down, but I still wanted to go to Japan as planned before covid, so I thought I definitely would come here once if I could come. Being asked why Japan, from an English point of view especially, the more I go to rural areas in Japan, the more people are kind, so that easy to learn Japanese, and there are so many natures as well. Maybe this is because I was living there all my life, but England doesn’t have mountains, rivers, or various kinds of birds.For me, Japan has a lot of exciting things. Nature is also different depending on which prefecture or area I go to. If you go to the North we can see snowy mountains, and there is a lot of green and feels like a tropical area if you go to the South. At least for me, it seems the same wherever I go to England.Maybe I’m still seventeen. To answer honestly…I took my flight tickets and modification for my hostel as soon as came to my mind. So, my parents were worried about whether the lifestyle would suit Japan, especially meals. I was not good at eating different meals. But the anxiety I had for myself soon disappeared. I found the lifestyle here easy to adapt to.I guess most of all tourists’ trouble might be Japanese. It’s also difficult to make friends. I almost booked a hotel with a private room at first, but I’m so glad I didn’t do that. This is because I felt sad despite meeting many people throughout this home staying. I didn’t feel like I could understand each other because we have different cultural spheres. Luckily, I met a lot of people who could speak English; however, I was thinking about my home country so often and felt lonely because of the anxiety that no one knew in Japan. But this is one of the processes to get used to it.I’ve been staying here since January fourteenth when I came to Japan. It’s been a month. I didn’t notice, time flies so fast.I love it here. I like old kinds of stuff, so I like this Showa-style building, and there are British-style accessories. It’s really fun to find hospitality from the owner or every people I meet.I think it’s a beautiful small town, but not as convenient as the big cities, so I go to Iyo or Matsuyama quite often.I think it’s a beautiful small town, but it’s not as convenient as the big cities, so I go to Iyo or Matsuyama quite often. Japanese trains are easy to get to the big city, England’s one is horrible haha. But I like this area as well, it’s not like I have nothing to do. I went to play tennis yesterday also there is a walking trail. Especially, the sunset seen from Futami Beach is the best. I sent those photos to my family in the UK, they got jealous haha. I think beautiful city.It was also fun to play tennis because never done it in the UK. I loved the arcade in Matsuyama because I love the retro game. There were a lot of retro games I hadn’t played yet; it was so fun to play against friends. I also like nature, going to the mountains and seeing old houses, I like that kind of sightseeing as well. I don’t have any specific, but I do like nature in Japan. It was also fun to go to Matsuyama Castle and Uwajima Castle, hard to climb though.To be honest, Google. At first, I wanted to go to Kochi, but I found Popeye nearby the beach when I was looking for a place to stay much cheaper because the hotels within Kochi City were expensive. I feel so lucky to be here, I’ve seen other places in the area, but here is more rural with lots of nature and the sea, and the owner is so kind.All my family members like go to travel, but none of them have been to Japan before, so I wanted to live there to see how accurate the Japan I see in the media is. I know that this country has a lot of beautiful things, but I want to make sure that it’s true or not. I wanted to know what it would be like to live here and how I feel if I saw daily life here, not just a news report capturing a beautiful place.I am interested in Japanese history, so I have watched many documentaries. But those are the ones that only show beautiful things. Or articles. For me, it was important to gather information from abroad and compare it with reality.Right now, I feel like living a normal daily life. This is the biggest difference that the Japan I pictured in England was more illusional, but I came here and realized everyone has a normal living. I’m so glad that I could see a normal lifestyle in Japan not a big castle or waterfall. I mentioned earlier but I want to come here and settle when I become an adult. And I came here and was convinced.I think it gets closer. This is because My Japanese is improving a lot and made a lot of friends. I made a mistake when I came to Japan on the very first day. I was lucky enough to make friends with a man who can speak English on the bus, but when I bought a different ticket, I realized how important it is to learn the language of that place. I’ve been studying Japanese every day but since I came here my studying gets easier. I have found that many of the difficulties of living in a new place can only be solved by actually coming and seeing it, rather than imagining and thinking about it at home. That's why it works better for me to book my flights and haphazardly solve problems. I felt every problem might be solved when I became an adult because I’m solving problems day by day. I want to commute to a school next time I came to Japan.This is a very simple answer, but I do think Japan is a nice country. The fact I came to Japan is going to be a good factor for me to grow up more. This country is big stimulation for me because I’m still young and in the middle of learning various things. People, Nature…everything is so amazing. I can’t say completely the same the Japan I imagined in England nevertheless this country is way too cool. I’m so glad came here and definitely want to settle in here for the future.

From Language Practice to Heartfelt Connections: My Familyinn Homestay Experience

The University I was studying as an exchange student for half a year was in Fukui. The most reason why I used familyinn, I wanted to obtain more opportunities to speak English after My study abroad was over. I was taking a class with other exchange students together, and also I didn’t have that much opportunity to communicate with Japanese through staying at the dormitory. Another reason I decided to make the last memory of My study abroad experience by using Familyinn, because I’ve been wanted to go through living life in a normally Japanese house, and I really love nature since I was little.My biggest concern was whether I could communicate in Japanese properly. However, I was able to communicate with the host family in advance by using zoom, so I wasn’t nervous when I met them in person.There was a small field in front of My homestay’s house, and I used a sickle to mow the grass to grow new crops taking in natural farming methods. The first-time farm work was so much fun! Also, I made a miso soup with the Danish and Japanese who were staying together. And I made dumplings with friends of the host family as well. My host family could speak English, but they understood that I wanted to practice Japanese, so they facilitated topics and spoke to me in Japanese. They also patiently explained when I couldn’t understand Japanese. They taught me a lot about the charm of Fukui and even if they moved to Fukui but took me to secluded regions that I don’t usually visit. So I learned more about Fukui and fell in love with it even more. The host family’s kids are so energetic and cute, invited me to play the game together, came into my room, and said ‘good night’ sometimes, I received enormous happiness and positive energy from them. There are spectacular fields and mountains around the house, I could experience different scenery from Taiwan I’m living in. As a nature lover, I found so much happiness every day when I woke up.One of my unforgettable memories was a party held outside of the house, we brought each member's own country's cuisine. Each of us made our food in the kitchen and ate it together in the garden. I served bubble tea as a representative of Taiwan. That was an amazing memory I was able to enjoy the cuisine of other countries such as France, Mexico, and Japan. And I could encounter a lot of friends at the same time.Yes, absolutely. It differed from studying abroad, I could have a lot of opportunities to speak Japanese all day long so that I felt great growth in my Japanese throughout the day. I felt so nice for the first time living surrounded by beautiful nature in Japan. Every day was so much fun so that I hardly pictured something hardships.Through this experience, I learned human connection is so important. I had a wonderful experience beyond the language. I highly recommend people who use Familyinn to speak positively and don’t be afraid of making mistakes.Since back then, I tend to forget to slow down my steps to pay attention to the beautiful things around me, and I didn’t have many opportunities to enjoy simply talking to people or spending my life seriously. However, through this experience, I could learn how precious human connections are and see different lifestyles. In here, greeting passionately as if they were stranger neighborhoods. The people I met were very thoughtful and try to understand other people despite having different growth backgrounds and using different languages. There isn’t convenient transportation like the city, but you can take in everything you experience with a Slow Space instead. With less outside interference, you can focus more on each other’s conversations and learn different new perspectives on life. This kind of emotional communication was so valuable for me, and for those who want to experience the Japanese rural family lifestyle, I recommend having an interest actively in your host family and other people. If you are a foreigner same as me, you can communicate by using your body and facial expressions, these are simple and direct so that able to avoid not speaking anything by being afraid of making language mistakes. I am very grateful to all the people I met during this period and their passion, kindness as well. I was able to spend an amazingly memorable nine days.