|Introduction||Practicing Japanese||Home Visits|
Yamasa's homestay program began when the Aichi Center for Japanese Studies was first established. Being just outside, not in the center of a major city, houses in Okazaki are larger and good homestays are easier to obtain. Okazaki is a city of manageable size with a long history that has also kept its traditions and heritage. Here you can experience the true culture of Japanese family life, something increasingly hard to experience in crowded metropolitan cities.
Yamasa's homestays give you not only the opportunity to practice language skills (especially listening and speaking) and intimately experience the culture, it also provides a priceless chance to communicate across cultures and make long lasting friendships. Many students who have experienced the homestay program at Yamasa continue to maintain close friendships with their Japanese family. If you don’t want to spend the entire time living with a family, you can also take advantage of Yamasa's free home visit program at weekends.
Homestays are not Student Housing. There are some basic rules. A homestay is a wonderful opportunity for you to improve your Japanese and understand the culture in a way not otherwise possible - however please note that it is not like staying in a hotel. You are a guest of a family and are required to follow the rules, as they would apply for any family member.
Usually students stay for a minimum of one month although weekend homestays and home visits are options. Extension is possible and not unusual although this depends entirely on the family’s schedule and commitments. After one month you may need to be prepared to either move to another homestay or move into student housing. To give yourself the maximum chance of a homestay it is best to apply early. Your chances of obtaining a homestay is also higher if you have some conversational Japanese that will enable you to communicate with the family.