Life with Host Families

There’s so much to learn about life in Tokyo and we are lucky enough to be able to learn it from families who live here all the time!

Charlotte B and her host mom out for dinner.

Charlotte B and her host mom out for dinner.

Instead of reading about life in a book or just observing from the outside in, we are able to spend time with families every day and learn more about life in the city.

Annie and her host sister pose before getting on the train.

Annie and her host sister pose before getting on the train.

For instance, the practice of wearing a face mask in public was not in much of our preparation, but it is a big part of life in Tokyo. Many people wear them to stay healthy, but others wear them to protect everyone else from any germs. They are worn on the trains and in school most often.

When in Rome, but still thinking of home - Tina, Maggie, Kelly, Charlotte B, and Charlotte M wearing face masks and drinking Starbucks!

When in Rome, but still thinking of home – Tina, Maggie, Kelly, Charlotte B, and Charlotte M wearing face masks and drinking Starbucks!

Facemasks for the train! Charlotte B, Charlotte M, Georgie, and Tina pose with a Snapchat filter and their masks.

Facemasks for the train! Charlotte B, Charlotte M, Georgie, and Tina pose with a Snapchat filter and their masks.

We have also been able to experience delicious homemade meals with our families. On our group chat, we have shared pictures of breakfasts and dinners, sharing all the new foods with each other before we indulge!

Maggie had a private cooking lesson with her host family!

Maggie had a private cooking lesson with her host family!

We also spend down time in the evenings with our families. Sometimes that means going out for dinner, but often it means playing games and sharing our favorite activities together. Elizabeth’s family has played Jenga, Goldfish, and other games – one each night!

Lily shared that she loves musicals and her host family found this DVD of classic American musicals - in Japanese!

Lily shared that she loves musicals and her host family found this DVD of classic American musicals – in Japanese!

A snap classic with Mariana and her host sister! #portersinjapan #mpsintermission #porters #missporters #snapchat

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We are loving spending this time with our hosts! Merch and Ms. Doemland are leaving their host families tonight, so they stopped for a little something to show their appreciation for these families opening their homes and lives to visitors from Farmington!

Merch's host mom on their last night together. She was such a wonderful, kind, and gracious host - she deserved flowers and so much more!

Merch’s host mom on their last night together. She was such a wonderful, kind, and gracious host – she deserved flowers and so much more!

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