Hey Kim! I looovvvee your blog and it's been really helpful and interesting! I am going to Japan on the JAFS scholarship this summer and I was wondering about the weather and temperature while you were there. Do you have any suggestions as to what kind of clothes I should bring? (I'm a girl btw)
Hi! :) Japan’s weather generally in the summer is pretty warm/hot with some major humidity. Occasionally, there’s going to be rain, which just intensifies the humidity and makes you feel really sticky and sweaty -__-
I don’t know which city you’re going to be in, but the area I lived in wasn’t too conservative because it was a big city, so people didn’t care if I wore shorts or whatnot haha I’d say bring a lot of loose-fitting, light/thin clothes that you can layer because even though it’s hot in Japan, the people there still wear long sleeves and pants (which I didn’t really understand when I was there, but now it makes sense because their clothes weren’t really thick) haha hope this helps! Hit me up if you have any more questions! :)
I know it's been a while since your homestay, but how much Japanese did you think you learned from your exchange? Do you think it improved drastically?
Okay coming from someone who literally did not know how to say anything in Japanese, I learned a lot of conversational Japanese so after my homestay, I was able to comprehend and speak basic Japanese haha I definitely think it improved a lot in such a short amount of time
Hey there :D I also got a JAFS scholarship but I don't learn Japanese in school and I've only been learning for two months or so. Did you call them to switch to JUSSE or did you request to be switched?
Actually YFU asked me if I was okay with switching scholarships and I told them I was fine, so they just switched me haha I didn’t call or request it :)
Hi! I'm trying to get to Japan through the same program, YFU. I've gone through all the same process: the long application, the interview, the WAIT... now I just need to fundraise in case I'm lucky enough to win a scholarship. I was hoping you could promote my fundraising blog: [crafoodles. tumblr. com] so I can get some donations. There's nothing much yet, but I'll be adding more later. I really appreciate your help :]
No probs! Check out her fundraising blog, guys! :)
Awesome thanks!! Sorry don't have a tumblr account so I had no idea how to reply to you so I'm just gonna type here in the question box thingo. Also, I read your posts and they were sooo cool! I think I might try and post stuff about my exchange when I go too :) Ruby
Haha it’s okay :) Definitely do that! I know some people didn’t want to blog because they didn’t want to be wasting time on the computer when they were in Japan but as long as you don’t spend a majority of your time on the computer instead of exploring and stuff, you should be fine! I’m glad I blogged because it’s nice to look back and remember what I did and who I met :)
Hi! I really wanna go on exchange to Japan at the end of this year. What part of Japan did you go to? Cause you seemed to have such a great time & everyone at your school seemed friendly and willing to talk. I was reading this other blog and I think she went to a rural area in Japan and apparently everyone was silent in class and too embarrassed to talk. :/ so yeah it's be awesome if you replied! Ruby, Sydney, Australia
Hi! :) I stayed in Nishinomiya, which is right in between Kobe and Osaka, but I went to school in Osaka. Everyone’s experience is going to be different, but it really all depends on the individual haha there are going to be some people who are too shy to talk because I mean, how intimidating would it be to try to talk someone who’s fluent in a language that you only know a few words to? I wouldn’t say that my classmates were the most talkative people in the beginning but they definitely got way more talkative and comfortable around me once they realized that they didn’t have to be embarrassed of anything because I made as many mistakes when I spoke Japanese as they did when they spoke English haha I mean… let’s be honest, I confused things in Japanese like “prostitution” and “family” LOL
Don’t be worried about being placed in a rural area! Some of my friends got placed in rural areas and they still had an amazing time! :) Best of luck!
brand new Osaka Station (by miho’s dad)
It’s totally like an airport now haha