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Went to family birthday party. Person having birthday was ill in hospital, thus not in attendance. I knew...pretty much the five relatives that came with me (okay, I get on well with my younger cousins). There was a DJ. A bad DJ. The music was so loud and the pitch of singer's voices on certain 80's tracks sounded like the dying cat parade. Headache formed. No, family, I do not wish to dance, I wish to drink water and not move.
At least my drinks were paid for...
See, ray of light in everything.
Cue heavy rain on my window.

Along with the other good news I keep getting, I got some more, around 2am last night. The Matsuyama International Centre emailed me. Apparently, 5 families had applied to host me, and they ended up picking the Tsurui family. Mother, 24, father, 25 and a baby girl called Rio-chan.
I'm surprised to be living with such a young family! This is good because it means that with the potential language barrier cropping up, as I try to unravel my Japanese, we might be able to find things in common because of the small difference in age. If we get on well, it would be nice to form a friendship.
Anyway, the Centre also gave me the mother, Yuka-san's email address, so I contacted her in what  I hope was passable Japanese that did not sound like it came out of Minna no Nihongo 1.....and I just got back to find a reply which I think is rather sweet.

Dear.キャット

はじめまして(^^)
メールをくれてありがとう!
私たちはあなたのホストファミリーになれてとても嬉しいです☆

私たちは、あなたが松山へ来る日をとても楽しみにしています!

キャットは松山に来てアパートを探すのですか?

その他にキャットがしなければいけない事の予定を教えて下さい。


私たちはあなたを心から歓迎します!


 
She also included an English translation in case I needed help understanding. She sounds very sweet : )

I was hesitant about the homestay, but I think this could go really well. I really hope that not too much of my time will be consumed with apartment hunting and getting necessities to live; I want to spend time with them too.

Also, I would like to buy a little omiyage for the baby. I wondered about getting something like a children's English book, for when she's older. A good quality one, maybe with a well-known story. Any ideas? Or am I barking up the wrong tree and should get her a bib with the Union Jack on it? :P (I won't...)  I am favouring the Very Hungry Caterpillar.... I also loved The Tiger Who Came To Tea.

And...suddenly remembered one of my all-time favourites as a baby -

I'll decide and get something in Oxford (^-^)
Tomorrow, need to go to the post office, then go check different places offering for Japanese yen, order yen and some Korean won, buy new nightwear and a lightweight dressing gown.

8 days to go...! (My sudden frequent LJ updating should be a clue to building excitement).

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kannas_mirror
Sep. 5th, 2009 08:14 pm (UTC)
They sound like really great presents :) I'm definitely inspired by those, hehe :)

Yeah, it looks like I got a great placement, I don't need to be too nervous about.
r05km
Sep. 5th, 2009 11:36 am (UTC)
Can't see what your favorite book is, but Hungry Hungry Caterpillar in english would go down well as it's already well known in japan. OR, you could try Where's Spot? it's got pop ups and things so even if they can't read it, it's a lot of fun. Same with Dear Zoo. :3
kannas_mirror
Sep. 5th, 2009 08:17 pm (UTC)
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Mog-Forgetful-Cat-Judith-Kerr/dp/0006640621

Mog!!

Yeah, I really love the idea of the Hungry Caterpillar, Dear Zoo, and Spot! I loved all of these ^-^ I love the idea of getting something that is pretty and colourful for a small child, but has an educational value when she's older and starts to learn English.

I'm going to raid Blackwells childens section on Monday....haha. I have so much fun rediscovering these books.
kannas_mirror
Sep. 5th, 2009 08:23 pm (UTC)
And! Each Peach Pear Plum, Peepo!....

Major nostalgia here...
r05km
Sep. 5th, 2009 09:49 pm (UTC)
That was me, btw. *shifty eyes* won't bother reposting the comment.
kannas_mirror
Sep. 6th, 2009 12:30 am (UTC)
No worries, it's happened before with others :)

Definitely a good idea, I will check it out! :)
versipellis
Sep. 5th, 2009 07:27 pm (UTC)
I loved The Tiger Who Came to Tea!

And it's cool that the family are so young - that's really nice.
kannas_mirror
Sep. 5th, 2009 08:18 pm (UTC)
So did I. I think I found humour in the absurdity of the situation that I didn't really understand then; I think that's why I liked it so much. The idea of cans of Tiger Food, etc.

Yeah, I'm hoping we can find things in common. I've emailed Yuka-san back, so I'm hoping to have a bit more of a discussion about interests, etc.
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