Day of activity: August 3rd 2014
This day was host family day, so my roommate Mattis and I spent it with our host parents. We went out a little before lunch time, and after taking a train we ate some delicious ramen noodles. We then took a cab to where we could cross the Edo river by means of a traditional boat from the Edo period. On the other side were the town Shibamata where we spent most of the day. Here we visited the Tora-san museum of the famous comedy movie character from the 1950s and 1960s, tora-san, whose real name apparently was not much used. There were lots of displays of items and models of locations used in the movies. We then went to the museum of a famous film director, Yamada Youji. Afterwards we visited a beautiful house and garden from the beginning of the Shouwa period. The house interior was a blend of Japanese and Western style, something I had not seen before. After looking through some shops and eating shaved ice, we went to eat dinner at a restaurant together with our host parents’ 29 years old son. We ate okonomiyaki, a traditional Japanese dish. It was a very fun day!