Shimane Prefecture: July 15th-July 19th
Shimane will always hold a special place in my heart. I first visited this prefecture in December, 2014 with Leigh and my love for the location and the locals (and definitely my host family!) continued to grow.
Although some people will complain about there not being too many stores, or the lack of public transport, these are well made up for in the hospitality and care that you are shown by both the people you know and don’t know. Traditional values such as everyone in the town heading to the festival during summer are on display here, and there is a real sense of closeness among the community.
We visited Shimane University once, and signed a partnership agreement to allow students from either University to study at the other. We stayed during the middle of a typhoon (that wasn’t really a typhoon), and I visited the grandparent’s of my host family, who were especially accommodating.
I also met the cousin of my two homestay brothers, Chihiro (or, just Chi). She was THE ABSOLUTE CUTEST!
Afterwards, we attended a festival with some other tour participants. This was a real tour highlight.
And finally, here’s the photo I took of them in front of the family house (they forgot to send me the one with me in it).
I’m looking forward to seeing them again next year. :)
Written by Jack Fetter for 1024LAL on July 15th, 2015.