We in Homestay Division act as intermediary to offer foreign students coming and studying in Japan good opportunities to experience Japanese culture and living practices by accepting them into our citizens’ each home. We also provide our host families with opportunities to learn the languages, culture and practices of foreign students’ home countries. We this way do our daily activities so that we may be good go-betweens to promote mutual and international understanding among member citizens and students from abroad.
In 1994, we initiated our homestay activity for foreign students coming to Chiba University. In 1996, we started our homestay activity for foreign students coming to National Institute of Technology, Kisarazu College (=Kogyo Ko Sen). We continued our homestay activities twice a year, in summer and in winter, for these two schools for more than 20 years. In July 2019, we offered our last summer homestay opportunity towards foreign students of Chiba University. Due to its organizational changes and other reasons, Chiba University then withdrew from the homestay program for its foreign students. The University presented a letter of appreciation to us Kisarazu International Friendship Association for our long acceptance of its foreign students at our last host family-student meeting.
We have prepared to accept foreign students of Kisarazu Kogyo Ko Sen College in our summer homestay program from 2020, by increasing our supporting members. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, however, its foreign students could not come to Japan, and our homestay activity for them, therefore, was canceled, and their situation in 2021 was unchanged, dull, and we could not accept new students from the high school in the year.
We are wishing COVID-19 pandemic be settled earlier and our homestay activity be resumed accordingly.
“We could know the culture and religion of a country which we would rarely know otherwise than through this host family activity, and so this turned out to be a precious experience for our family. At Tokyo Olympic Games, so many different religions and cultures of people may visit Japan, and so we had better prepare ourselves to be able to enjoy the games together with them here.” (Mrs. S.)
“Our student could speak nice Japanese and talked about her country’s present situation with her viewpoint as a university student. I now want to visit her country next year.” (Mr. K.)
“My host family was a very kind family which has been accepting foreign students consecutively for these ten years or so. They knew well about foreign students and foreign people, and so I did not face any trouble but could have a precious time with them.” (Electronic Control Engineering Dept., 3rd year, Mr. N.)
“My homestay was truly pleasant. I went through a wonderful experience and could learn traditional culture of Japan a little bit.” (Environmental City Engineering Dept., 3rd year, Mr. R.)
(Quotations from Kisarazu Kogyo Kosen’s Home Page)
Host families are now wanted temporarily by KIFA for our accepting foreign students. If you are interested in homestay activities, would you please contact KIFA Administration Office in Kisarazu City Hall.
Winter Homestay Activity
Host Families-Foreign Students Meeting at Kisarazu Mirai Laboratory, we welcomed 14 foreign students from Chiba University with the koto music performance by Japanese Music Club members of Kisarazu Senior High School. The 14 foreign students touched the koto or traditional musical instruments with strings with their fingers and felt one of the traditional cultures of Japan directly.
Summer homestay activity
Host families-foreign students meeting at Kisarazu Mirai Laboratory, 10 foreign students from Chiba University and Kisarazu Kogyo Kosen College were welcomed. With this acceptance, foreign students from Chiba University would not be accepted any more. To our achievements for many years, a letter of appreciation was awarded to us by Chiba University
This year again we had our host families- foreign student meeting ceremony. Having been our customary event to welcome foreign students to our host families’ homes, this year, however, we had a fewer students than before. At our host families’ meeting with foreign students, we talked about Tanabata or our traditional star festival to be held on July 7 on which Vex Star, the Weaver is believed to meet on the Milky Way once a year. Following our tradition, we placed our wishes on strips of paper, decorated them on bamboo branches, and hoisted them up to the stars in the night sky. Many of our host families welcomed foreign students for the first this year, and they got a bit nervous. They however soon grew accustomed to our international exchanging atmosphere. Their homestay was on two days over one night, that is, very short. They experienced exchanges of different culture and had a precious time in each host family’s home respectively.
We carried out our welcoming activities for 20 home-staying foreign students from Chiba University.
This year we offered a performance of the koto, or the traditional instruments with strings by Japanese Classical Music Club members of Kisarazu Senior High School. Foreign students and host families listened into the koto sound and experienced the Japanese culture at our host families-foreign students Interview meeting. Their homestay was done on two days over one night, that is, was short. They however enjoyed exchanges of different culture at their respective host families’ homes.
Homestay students were welcomed on July 2nd and 3rd, 2016.
We welcomed 9 homestay students from Chiba University and 4 homestay students from Kisarazu Kogyo Ko Sen College. So, we received a total of 13 foreign students for our homestay activities, of which male students were 7 and female were 6. At our host families and homestay students interview meeting, we enjoyed, as usual, our Tanabata festival ritual of writing our wishes on strips of paper and decorating them bamboo branches for delivering them to shining stars in the night sky. All the participating students put their various wishes on the strips of paper. It was a short homestay of one night and two days for them. They however seemed to have enjoyed Japanese daily life in each host family’s private home.
We welcomed 18 foreign students from Chiba University for homestay at our host families. At our host families- foreign homestay students meeting ceremony, we enjoyed much our message transfer game.
After the ceremony, all the students and host families made a commemorative picture, and all the students may surely have enjoyed their short homestay of one night and two days and have had a wonderful time with their host families respectively, we believe.
We welcomed 11 foreign homestay students from Chiba University and 3 foreign students from Kisarazu Kogyo Kosen College, that is, a total of 14 foreign students to our homestay activity.
This year, we did not have a meeting ceremony between host families and foreign homestay students at the beginning, but we went together with all the host families and foreign homestay students to Yatsurugi Hachiman Shinto Shrine and watched its summer festival.
We experienced traditional Japanese culture, festival and the Shrine’s mikoshi or carriable shrine which is the biggest of its kind in the Kanto area, that is, in and around Tokyo. Foreign students showed much interest in that huge mikoshi portable shrine and took many photos of it. Not only foreign students but also KIFA staff and host family members could have a good memory of our summer Shinto shrine festival.
We accepted homestay by 15 foreign students from Chiba University ( 4 male students and 11 female, or 1 student from Malaysia, 1 from Indonesia, 1 from Thailand, 1 from Germany, 3 students from USA, 3 from Korea and 4 from China).
At the host families – foreign students interview meeting was held at Kisarazu Chuo Kominkan hall and all the foreign students introduced themselves and talked about their expectations on their coming 2-day homestay in Japanese.
They talked with their host families in a few minutes and then enjoy a “Stream” game (= Students forecast numbers which the master of ceremony announces in the increasing order and write them on the given form papers, and thus compete with one another for higher points.) While foreign students and host families discussed where they should write down their numbers, they deepened their communications and exchanges naturally.
Host families introduced themselves to foreign students, and they all made their commemorative photo together. The interview ceremony was finished in a friendly atmosphere.
Having been blessed with fine weathers, foreign students completed their meaningful homestay in 2 days and they returned to their dormitory in Chiba City on the 18th safely.
We welcomed 6 foreign students from Chiba University and 6 foreign students from Kisarazu Kogyo Kosen College for their homestay at our host families. They were shining in their courtesy and positiveness to touch Japanese culture. And our host families’ warm heart to welcome those foreign students also could be felt enough by us supporters.
On the day of our Tanabata star festival, we had a refreshing meeting with those homestay students from abroad, made unforgettable memories, achieved their anticipated objectives and we completed our summer homestay program.
July 5th, Saturday
At Kisarazu Chuo Kominkan hall the self-introduction ceremony was held, in which
・Foreign students introduced themselves.
・Host families and their homestay students talked respectively.
・Tanabata star festival’s good wishes were written on strips of paper and were hung on bamboo branches and decorated jointly by foreign students and host families.
・KIFA’s supporting staff members were introduced.
・A commemorative photo of all the members concerned was taken
July 6th, Sunday
Homestay students followed their respective host families’ programs and visited tourist and cultural spots in 4 neighboring cities of Kimitsu, Futtsu, Sodegaura and Kisarazu, and enjoyed shopping.in those cities.
A total of 9 foreign students from Chiba University and Kisarazu Kogyo Kosen College were welcomed to our homestay activity.
Our summer homestay interview ceremony was held. And Tanabata star festival’s paper strip decoration was experienced by those foreign students at Kisarazu Chuo Kominkan hall.
Winter Homestay Interview Ceremony was held, and New year calligraphing practice (= kakizome) was experienced by homestay students.
Malaysian Federation celebrates this year the 30th anniversary of its Look East Policy (= Learning from Japan and Korea, modernization and industrialization of the country is promoted.) having been initiated as one of private-level memorial events, a total 8 people ( 5 high school students, 2 male and 3 female, 16 years of age, 1 university student, female, and 2 chaperon teachers, I male and 1 female) have come to Japan.
Having been organized locally by one chaperon teacher who had once studied at Kisarazu Kogyo Kosen College, proposed by Tenk Abdora Science Secondary School (a national, whole-dormitory school for 13 to 17- year- old students), accepted by Kisarazu Kogyo Kosen College, and cooperated by Kisarazu International Friendship Association, these 8 visitors’ homestay program for 3 nights and 4 days in Kisarazu City and Kimitsu City was materialized.
All of these visitors have achieves such initial objectives as “ to establish further friendly relationship” and “ to carry out diverse exchanges with different culture”, thanked warm hospitality offered by host families and other persons concerned, and went back home with many sweet memories at their heart on October 5th.
A meeting on the Tanabata Star Festival evening
9 foreign students studying at Chiba University and National Institute of Technology,
Kisarazu College visited our Kisarazu City. They are coming from Malaysia, the Philippines, Nepal, Brazil, Mexico and Iran. They are up-and coming, energetic youth who are supported by their respective home country’s governments, and are expected to contribute much towards future development of their countries and to deepen their native countries’ relationship with Japan.
At the self-introducing ceremony, in front of beautiful decorations of our traditional Tanabata star festival, our supporting staff members made the words of welcome to students and express thanks to host family members for their positively welcoming of those homestay students to their respective homes.
And then all the attendants from the Japan side there sang together in unison a Japanese nursery song “Tananbata sama” and expressed our welcoming mind towards those students. Foreign homestay students and their host families jointly wrote their wishes on strips of paper and decorated them on the branches of bamboos. Peace of the world, friendly relationship between their home countries and Japan, good health of all the people concerned, dreams of their future, they expressed their wishes for on the paper strips.
After that, all the participants enjoyed playing games together, became friendly to one another, and foreign students and host families introduced themselves to one another and talked about their expectations on coming two days.
Having made such refreshing their first meeting, foreign students and their host families left for their homestay homes respectively.
Foreign students from Chiba University made homestay.
Question: From which countries are those foreign students coming this time ?
Answer: They are coming from China, USA, Canada, Germany,
Thailand, Hungary, Finland and India,
Question: How were they at their introduction ceremony?
Answer: Foreign students introduced themselves and host families were introduced by us supporting staff members and games were enjoyed together friendly. It was good that we could talked with other foreign students than our guest students from abroad as well.
Question: How were they at their homestay at each host family?
They played well with our children.
They spoke well their Japanese language.
We welcomed our guest student in the cold winter season, and so we worried about my family members’ physical conditions on the accepting day.
Foreign Students from Chiba University made homestay.
Question: What are eight countries from which those 8 foreign students came this time ?
Answer: China, USA, Canada, Germany, Thailand, Hungary, Finland, India.
Question: How were they at the introduction ceremony?
Answer: Self introductions by students themselves. Some joint activities ( Students and host families danced together in a circle “ Yassai Mossai Dance”, and so on.)
Question: What did they do at their homestay host families ?
Answers ( some parts): We enjoyed driving to Kururi Castle, around the city, to Tokyo Doitsu Mura ( = German Village), Umi-Hotaru Parking Area on the Tokyo-Wan Aqua Line Highway Bridge, for dining out, to Nokogiri-yama mountain, Sakuma Dam Shinsun Park, Hishikawa Moronobu Memorial Museum. We enjoyed chatting. We taught our student how to rent DVDs at Tsutaya rental shop. We enjoyed each other country’s home cooking.
Impressions on homestay students (some parts):
We could enjoy conversations in Japanese.
Each time, we could discover new things.
It might be better if this homestay program may de done in a cool season.
Foreign students are well mannered.
The student we accepted to our homestay was a wonderful person who has our old Japanese person-like mentality of giri and ninjo or duty and love.
We could experience culture and home cooking of our guest student’s native country.
Foreign students from Chiba University made homestay.
Question: What are the mother countries of those 19 students who made homestay this time ?
Answer: China, Egypt, Indonesia, Finland, Canada, Germany, Syria, Thailand, Hungary and Russia.
Question: What did they do at the self-introduction ceremony?
Answer: Self introduction by foreign students, joint activities, and so on.
Question: What did foreign students do at their homestay homes?
Answers: We went out to Tokyo Doitsu Mura (=German Village), a karaoke bar, shopping for dinner, Futtau Cape, Nokogiri-yama Mountain, Daffodil Festival, Sensoji Temple, Tokyo Sky Tree tower, Yokohama.
We enjoyed spinning a top together.
We decorated Hina dolls at home.
We enjoyed wearing a long-sleeve kimono dress.
We enjoyed cooking together at home,
We enjoyed chatting at home.
Question: What do you eat with foreign students?
Answers: Tempura, hand-rolling sushi, okonomiyaki baking, Miso soup, umeboshi (pickled ume), and so on.
Question: what impression did you have on the student who stayed
We could chat in Japanese.
My foreign student was well-mannered.
We could enjoy conversations on the foreign student’s mother country and Japan.
On July 3rd, Saturday and 4th, Sunday:
Welcoming of foreign homestay students from National Institute of Technology, Kisarazu College and Chiba University
On August 5th, Thursday till 10th, Tuesday:
Welcoming a German athlete group to homestay in Kisarazu City
On January 15th, Saturday and 16th, Sunday:
Welcoming of foreign students from Chiba University to homestay in Kisarazu City
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