I wanted a different experience, and I had. Spent 10 days learning and experiencing another family's daily life in another country. Wakes up 5.30am in the morning to see how busy okasan preparing bento for the musuko and shujin. Go grocery shopping at 10.30am at the neighbour supermarket with the most amazing array of produces. During my stay, was amazed on how polite and courteous the residences are to one another. Where I stayed was in a countryside of Nara. A small community linked to the rest of Japan by the the trusty railway at Oji Station.
Afternoons were spend visiting the famous temples amongst them is the biggest buddha statue at Todaiji temple around Nara park.
Evenings were spent with the family at the dinner table enjoying simple japanese fare. Was a great chance for me to practise in my smattering nihongo.