After two long days of travel, students met with host sisters and quickly darted off to spend time in the company of their Tokyo families. My host family took me straight home for a much-needed hot shower and change of clothes, the best miso soup and strong, fragrant Japanese tea I’ve ever had, and a beautifully prepared banana cake, still warm for the oven. After a nourishing lunch, we drove to Akasaka Palace, originally built for the Crown Prince in 1909, and now one of the two official State Guest Houses of the Government of Japan. What kind and generous hosts! An hour-long nap and another delicious meal later, we shared family photos, studied maps of Tokyo, compared books and cultural traditions, and my host mother unwrapped and unfolded her stunning kimono for me to try on!
I cannot wait to hear about your daughter’s first day when we gather again at Kichijo School tomorrow morning. We have a full week–please be sure to review our itinerary–and we’ll send photos of the students at school with their Kichijo host sisters. Until then, oyasumi.