Money: ¥39.850

Let me tell you one thing: It is really hot, but not only that. It is also rainy; it just happens to be rainy season in Japan right now. I am actually writing this while I have to wake up in 5 hours but I am not sleepy at the moment. Of course you want to know how I safely arrived here in Osaka, and I will gladly share it with you readers out there.

I was late at the airport…Bad mistake at the beginning. I am too used to last-minute packing of my luggage. In any case, I met up with the YFU-crew in Amsterdam. After saying our goodbyes – we will be absent for five weeks after all – we checked in for our flight: In twelve hours, straight ahead from the Netherlands to Japan.

We were with the nine of us. Four of us from the Netherlands, three from Belgium, two from Hungary and one poor soul from France. As I am quite confident in my Japanese, I wondered how the others prepared their trip to Japan. Apparently, they received this book from YFU called Survival Japan. I didn’t have that book so I felt I had the right to complain. I did receive that book later on when I returned to the Netherlands, but it didn’t contain that much new information anyways.

The trip was pretty cool with one small TV for each passenger. Twelve hours have passed in no time. Within these hours, we ate delicious Japanese chicken…It was in fact quite nice for an aeroplane meal. I also wanted to watch Avatar. However, to prevent jetlag I tried to sleep as well. When I woke up, there was no time left to finish the movie. I filled up the time with Teen Titans instead.

So here we are, in Narita, Tokyo. One person was already picked up there so we had a small farewell. The rest were to go on for further destinations. Because I was heading for Osaka, I thought I had to take the bullet train (Shinkansen), but no…In the end I was going with of yet another plane from Tokyo to Osaka. I was flabbergasted. Because of that, I even lost my favourite scissors due to a safety check. Bah.

I did not feel like this second flight was really needed, but this way we YFU-students could stay together for a little longer. After this flight, only me and a Belgian, coincidentally called Stefan, were left in this part of Itami, Osaka. Apparently he lives close in the vicinity, but to be honest I want to avoid any Dutch chatter.

Of course, we met up with our host mothers, who have been standing there for so long, they no longer held up their signs saying: “WELCOME, STEPHAN JONKERS”. Truth to be told, I could only read “STE” because they folded it up, so I was rather confused whether it was meant for me or for Stefan! Luckily, I remember my host mother’s face because of her Facebook account.

I am surprised that I have not used a single English word so far. Everyone is saying my Japanese is excellent and some even think I am Japanese. The Japanese and their great hospitality. I wonder how it will all work out on school. That starts the day after tomorrow.

Once I had met up with Masaharu and Shinji, I brought my luggage to my room. I still haven’t handed over my gifts but I’ll do it bit by bit. It’s a really cosy family. The dinner was… extraordinary as expected from Japanese, but it’s really delicious. They got air conditioning in here so I think I will survive the hot weather these weeks. I am sorry I didn’t make any nice pictures or videos, I simply didn’t think of it, nor did I actually have the time for that. Oh well, better luck tomorrow. It seems I will be going out for some city shopping with a German YFU-student and a Japanese YFU-student in Tokyo. I guess we will be celebrating Tanabata there.