Posts tagged with japan:

“Hello my name is Emi, I’m from Japan kagoshima prefecture, I’m studying Peace studies, I hope no more war. and I live to travel the world, I’ve been US for one month and I’ve been to China for one year (this is for study). When I was  abroad, so many people helped me and I appreciate that so I want to make friends who come to Kagoshima my home town, and if you guy’s need any help, please let me know.
I hope we can meet in my home town and at that time, I’ll take you to sightseeing Kagoshima of course!”
~ Emi Yoshinaga

Hello my name is Emi, I’m from Japan kagoshima prefecture, I’m studying Peace studies, I hope no more war. and I live to travel the world, I’ve been US for one month and I’ve been to China for one year (this is for study). When I was  abroad, so many people helped me and I appreciate that so I want to make friends who come to Kagoshima my home town, and if you guy’s need any help, please let me know.

I hope we can meet in my home town and at that time, I’ll take you to sightseeing Kagoshima of course!”

Emi Yoshinaga

From Hiroshima to Hampi: Crossing paths through Couchsurfing

I met Taki and Rina during my first time Couchsurfing in Hiroshima. As nervous as I was, I was also excited. As soon as I had sent them a couchrequest, they replied saying, “We have jobs but we could take leave and show you around. I never imagined I could get such a generous and kind first reply - and that people could be so nice!

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The girls were extremely hospitable. They took time off from work and showed me around, taking me to eat the best local food. And after four days together it was time to say goodbye.

But that wasn’t the end.

Rina and I stayed in touch via Facebook. Years later she wrote to me about her upcoming trip to India. Rina and her friend Ayaka were going on a trip so I went to Hampi to meet up with them.

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Then in early 2013, Ayaka wrote that she was coming back to India with her friend Kayo. They visited me at my university then traveled to my hometown, staying with my parents for two days.

I fell in love with Japan and I miss it to this day. The Japanese were so kind and helpful. I loved being around them. But in spite of not being able to visit Japan again, that one Couchsurfing experience has resulted in meeting the Japanese over and over.

Couchsurfing has taught me that you do meet people again and there is so much love in this world.

~ Heena Shah, India

Couchsurfer Pieter not only made dinner for his hosts in Kyoto dinner, but brought ingredients all the way from Belgian. The result? Biscuits, chocolate, beer, homemade quiche and a birthday cake for his host’s friends. Pieter, you just won Surfer of the Year.

Read his recap here»

lettersfromtaiwan:

Sawa and Dai from Wakayama, Japan.  This wonderfully sweet and inquisitive couple stayed at our house this week after we met them and invited them to stay on couchsurfing.org.  They are our first visitors via the site and we had a great time discussing all kinds of things from religion to Japanese politics and Ghibli films.  We didn’t get much time during the day to hang out because EVA and I were working but in the evenings we cooked and ate together and shared tips for home efficiency and recipes etc.  We watched Cape No.7, Princess Mononoke, GTO and Samurai Champloo and I we got to learn a bit more about Japan via Google Earth and a handy HDMI cable that links my Mac to my 37 inch TV.  We hope to be able to visit and stay with them in Japan in the future.  It was a pleasure to host such a lovely couple.

lettersfromtaiwan:

Sawa and Dai from Wakayama, Japan.  This wonderfully sweet and inquisitive couple stayed at our house this week after we met them and invited them to stay on couchsurfing.org.  They are our first visitors via the site and we had a great time discussing all kinds of things from religion to Japanese politics and Ghibli films.  We didn’t get much time during the day to hang out because EVA and I were working but in the evenings we cooked and ate together and shared tips for home efficiency and recipes etc.  We watched Cape No.7, Princess Mononoke, GTO and Samurai Champloo and I we got to learn a bit more about Japan via Google Earth and a handy HDMI cable that links my Mac to my 37 inch TV.  We hope to be able to visit and stay with them in Japan in the future.  It was a pleasure to host such a lovely couple.

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