I stayed at home all day today and took a break.
When I woke up in the morning and went to the ground floor, my host family’s
grandchildren were there, and we became friends. They had a baby who couldn’t
speak English yet, and I couldn’t speak English either, so it felt like we became
friends with other English-speaking babies. I realized that even if we didn’t speak
the same language, if we tried to communicate and understand each other, we
could still connect without using words.
For dinner at night, we had rice pudding. Rice pudding is made by cooking rice
with milk and adding sugar. I was worried before eating it because I had never
thought about mixing milk and rice together, but it turned out to be sweet and
After the meal, I discussed kanji, hiragana, and katakana with my host family. We
talked about Japanese pronunciation and the meanings of my name and my
roommate’s name. Additionally, my host grandfather seems to enjoy Lego, so we
had a lot of fun discussing the Lego car he is currently building.