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(Part 3) Hitchhiking across Japan! Storytime!

Sep 17, 2019

Hello everyone!

I have been hearing a lot of good reviews about these posts that I am doing so please continue to let me know what you like about these posts!

One thing I have been wanting to talk about is what I did on this trip. I didn't JUST go hitchhiking. I wanted to experience a lot of different activities and regions of Japan in order to get a satisfying adventure. So for this post, I want to talk about the first month of my Japan trip. I accepted an offer to work for a homestay in the countryside. 

So before I even went on any of my hitchhiking, I stayed in a place called Ome for the first month. This is an area that is about 1.5-2 hours to the left of Tokyo! So when I first arrived at Narita airport, I had the strange situation of getting on a train (and getting lost), riding completely past Tokyo city, and headed into the middle of nowhere! As I saw other foreigners exiting the train to make their way into the grand experience of Tokyo, I remained on the train, wondering about this peculiar choice I had made to start my Japan trip. 

But after arriving at the traditional Japanese style homestay and getting to know my hosts, I knew I was going to have an amazing time. Basically, I worked for about 5 hours for 5 days of the week doing basic housework and also some work on their nearby vegetable garden. Not a bad deal for being able to enjoy all of the peaceful nature around us! It was an interesting experience, to say the least!

Here is a picture of my room for the first month! I had never slept on tatami mats before and it was surprisingly comfortable. I even had a view of their backyard flower garden!

This is an epic picture my host took for me! This is me in the farm fields working. I didn't enjoy the bug bites but the work was very relaxing as I stood in the middle of this perfect view of the nearby mountains. 

And sometimes, I would spend time with my hosts doing some fun activities. I really felt like I was in Japan :')

Takoyaki! This was a huge highlight for my time in the homestay. It was delicious! 

For the next post, I'll continue with talking about some of the other things I did in the beginning portion of my trip in Japan! 

I hope you are all enjoying these posts. Please let me know what you think! Your conversations and comments with me have been making a real impact!

See you in class! Ja ne!

Kevin Cho

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