If I scanned every picture that I took on this trip, I would more than fill the disk quota of my account. Even with the JPEG compression I'm using that's compressing them down to 30K each. I have that many. Granted, many of them are pointless pictures of the places our host city took us, like the Water Reclamation Plant, or the Garbage Incineration and Landfill. I just had to take pictures of everything.
My hometown of Brea, California has a sister city in Japan, Hanno-shi in the Saitama Prefecture. That is where I stayed for two weeks in the summer after my Freshman year of High School. By far the most enjoyable two weeks of my life, the time I spent there has more than anything has made me want to study and learn about Japan.
The member of my host family (who I have pictures of, but not scanned) who I saw the most was the mother. Because she does not have a job like the majority of traditional Japanese mothers, she looked after me, and even took me shopping with her. The level of everydayness that I experienced was very pleasing. I was not overwhelmed by touristy places. My family did not take me to Tokyo Disneyland as some of the other students' families did.
I spent two days with my host family before we got together as a group of students again. In this time, with only rudimentary Japanese, I tried communicating in Japanese, watched Batman subtitled in Japanese, and played Famicom (Nintendo). Some of the little this in Japan interested me the most. For instance, whenever a television commercial has a song in the background, the composer is credited. Weird.
I have other pictures of the house, but I have not scanned them. Because land is so expensive there, a house for a family of four was barely a fourth the size of the house I was living in at the time. The master bedroom contained two desks, two dressers, and two tatami (bed/mats) on the floor, and nothing else. The stairway was so steep to save space, that I almost had to climb up it.
And white seems to be the car color of choice.
Also, notice how overcast the sky is. This is the way it was the entire trip, it was raining most of the time. Which was great for me, because I like the rain. I guess it's because I grew up in Southern California, and I was deprived.
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