Dear Host Family,
My name is Sean Noble. I am 20 years old and
majoring in Chemical Engineering. My home town is St. Louis and I am
the oldest of 10 siblings. I love children and can be very social at
times. I try to be quiet and respectful. In high school I played the
saxophone and baseball. I love to read books and manga, play video
games, and hang out with friends. I am looking forward to experiencing
life in Iida and am excited to be able to live with you.
Thank you in advance for allowing me to stay in your home. I apologize for the inconvenience this may cause you. I am looking forward to having many conversations and experiences with your family. I am sure we will grow close in the time that I spend with you. Thank you again for your hospitality. I appreciate it greatly.
Dear Host Family,
Hello! I am so excited to have this opportunity! I have been looking forward to going to Japan for a long time. First, let me tell you a little about myself and my family.
My name is Caleb Jones. I am 19 years old, and attend the University of Missouri. I am currently a sophomore. majoring in International Studies with an East Asia emphasis. In total, I have been studying Japan and the Japanese language for almost five years, and I am very eager to put my language ability to use.
As for my family, I have one sister. She is also studying at the University of Missouri, majoring in Education. Both of my parents have studied at the University of Missouri in the past, too. Currently, my father works at a post office and my mother is a nurse. My family also has two pets, a dog and a cat. Every day I am thankful for having been raised with such a wonderful and loving family.
Overall, I am thrilled to be able to study abroad in a place like Japan. I am sorry for the trouble my stay may cause you. I am looking forward to meeting you and having many memorable experiences together!
Hello my name is David Parker, I am twenty-two years old. I attend
the University of Missouri. My major is
Japanese language, and I am from Chariton Iowa. I have
two older brothers, two cats and a dog. I like to play
most sports, video games, listening to Rock and Roll music. And I
love to meet new people. I also love "the Sasuke
I am so happy to be traveling to Japan, and I am very sorry for the
inconvenience that I may be causing you by staying at your house this
coming summer. Thank you very much for extending your homee to
me. I look forward to meeting you.
Allergy to zucchini (??)
Dear Host Family,
My name is Rachel Beamon. I am 22, and I’m majoring in International Studies at the University of Missouri. My main interest is in foreign languages, so I’m studying Japanese and Chinese right now. I also studied Korean for three semesters. I’m also interested in linguistics, music, and writing fiction. I like both cats and dogs, singing, reading science fiction/fantasy, and learning to cook new things. Someday I plan on learning to play piano.
My dad is a freelance musician (trumpet) and retired Marine. Right now he is writing his dissertation to finish his PhD. My mom is also a musician (euphonium) and former Marine. She teaches English composition at the University of Illinois. She’s also working on her PhD.
I was born in California, but we moved a lot because my dad was in the Marine Corps. I’ve lived in California, Colorado, Missouri, Louisiana, and Virginia. I visited Canada with my dad twice, when I was 9 and 10 years old. I grew up mostly in St. Louis, but my family doesn’t live there anymore. However, my boyfriend’s family lives there, and they have become like a second family to me.
Thank you so much for welcoming me into your home! I’m really excited to finally learn about Japan from within instead of from across the ocean. I hope I won’t be too much trouble or inconvenient during my stay, and I sincerely look forward to meeting you this summer!
Thank you very much,
Hello! How are you? Wonderful I hope! Thank you very much for taking me in and allowing me to live in your home!!
My Name is Brittany Fuemmeler. I am 23 years old and I am a third-year student at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri. While I have been studying and learning the Japanese language, I am also currently studying biology and majoring in Fisheries & Wildlife. I want to become a wildlife biologist so that I can work with and help protect endangered animals, worldwide. I really love animals. I use to have two dogs and three cats!
Aside from my school work, I have also been working a full time job in order to be able to pay my bills and living expenses. For the last 6 years, I have lived on my own in an apartment. Due to the fact that I will be in Japan for a little more than a year, I have been living with my father and step-mother as well as her two sons. I also have a mother and younger brother. They don’t live here though. One of my favorite things to do is performing using a light hoop and a fire hoop. (I will have my light hoop with me when I come to Japan! I can show you what it looks like!! I’m sure you will really enjoy it!) Hula hooping is one of my favorite hobbies. I also hand make hula hoops to sell. I also really like to read books, sew, and create costumes, study foreign languages and play video games.
Again, THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!
I can’t wait!!
With a lot of love,
As you may know, I am an undergraduate student studying Japanese and biochemistry at the University of Missouri. In the near future, I plan to double major in of Japanese and biochemistry. When I meet you in the summer, I will have already completed my freshman year at the university.
Although I attend a school in Columbia,
Missouri, my hometown is Memphis, Tennessee, which is about an
eight-hour drive away from the college campus. Another city that
I have lived in for a long time is Los Angeles, California, which is
where I was born. In my home in Memphis, I have three dogs: a German
Shepherd, a Chihuahua, and a Papillon. The Papillon is the cutest, I
My parents are from Vietnam and moved to
America years before I was born. Even though I’m Vietnamese, I have
never been to Vietnam. To tell you the truth, I’ve never traveled out
of the U.S. before, so that makes Japan my first ever country abroad!
I’m very excited.
This year, I am nineteen years old and 168cm tall;. I also enjoy studying and love doing sports. I have many interests, though I’m not that impressive in any of them. The sport that I’ve been doing the longest is swimming. I’ve been swimming competitively for many years, and it has even helped cure me from asthma. Another sport that I enjoy is running. I consider those two sports to be inseparable for my health. Another sport that I love to play is tennis. This is the one sport that I can do for hours by myself, but I can enjoy it even more when I play with someone else. But when I mention tennis, I mustn’t fail to say that I love ping-pong. I also consider these two activities to be a nice pair. There is also another sport (well, not a sport, really) that I also do on quite a regular basis, and that is Kendo. I’ve been doing Kendo for the past two and a half years, and I hope to continue my interest and learning of the art to properly hone my skills of sword drawing and manipulation. But there is an art that I’ve been interested in even before my practicing of Kendo, and that art is Kyuudo. I’ve never done it, but I have always loved the elegance and beauty of it. When I was a little kid, I would even make my own bow and arrow to practice with, though I have to admit that I was rather clumsy.
I also take pleasure in relaxing activities,
too, which include reading books and Manga, watching some Anime, and
listening to music (including Japanese music). I like, too, folding
origami, which is something that I’ve loved since I was a child.
Well, that was quite a lot about me! When we meet, I’m hope that we’ll get to know each other more and better! I really look forward to meeting with your family! It shall be my first ever experience to study abroad and live with a host family, so I will always remember my first stay in Japan!
When I come to Japan, I am sure that I will make
many mistakes, but I hope that I can correct them soon after. Although
this will be my first time in Japan, I hope that I will not cause too
much trouble for your family. I’ll do my best to be a good house guest
and follow the rules as much as I can. I also look forward to
cooperating with you in some of the activities that you do. Since it’s
my first time in Japan, I’m really excited about living, working, and
learning many things! My Japanese is not very skillful yet, but I hope
that it will be okay. I will also be very happy to share my English
with you, too, if you would like.
I also understand that you are taking an immense amount of effort to take care of me this summer, so I would like to give you my sincerest and deepest appreciation and gratitude for your assistance. Thank you, thank you very much for your accepting me into your household. I am very grateful of your kindness from the bottom of my heart, and I will do my best to express my gratefulness through my humble actions and cooperation in your home.
Let’s have a wonderful summer together!