My Family in Kanazawa
Kanazawa became the highlight of my trip because of the anticipation of meeting the foster family for my homestay. My anticipation stemmed from the usual jitters of meeting a Japanese family for the first time, how I would communicate with them or if they will like me.
I remember how my foster family headed by Mr. Masami Kato and his wife Satchiko with their daughters Yumi and Aya, picked me up from Kanazawa Sky Hotel. They are an unassuming family. It was easy for me to feel attached and comfortable with them. I love my foster parents and my foster siblings. Each daughter has their distinct character: Erie the actress; Yumi the artist; and Aya the sportsgirl.
But one person that surprised me the most was my grandmother. My grandmother doesn’t know how to speak English. But she would invite me to her small room and took out pictures of her late husband and herself in younger days. She showed me the kimonos dated 3 generations back. I remember how she fixed my hair and let me don the kimono for a day. I wondered how we had communicated. I really do. We had no interpreter inside the room but somehow we understood each other. I guess deep down inside our heart, there is an unwritten language only the soul can understand.