After a short wait in the town hall lobby, the host families came with their welcome signs and everyone finally got to meet. Mr. Hirose gave a short welcome speech, we took a group photo, and then everyone went home with their Red Wing students. On hearing he was checked in to Hotel Ikata, Mrs. Sasaki made a kind offer on the spot to host Steve along with Chris, so starting tomorrow he'll have a host family, too!
Since I can't actually stay with the host families myself, I won't be posting as many photos for a couple of days, until our tree-planting ceremony and welcome dinner on Monday.
Over and out!