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A letter has arrived from a girl who was a student member of the 4th Chinese delegation to Japan in October 2010, addressed to her Japanese host family

 A letter has arrived from a girl who was a student member of the 4th Chinese delegation to Japan in October 2010, addressed to her Japanese host family, who were introduced to the programme by the Murou International Exchange Village Executive Committee in Nara Prefecture.
 It is a letter that conveys what an excellent exchange experience she had in Japan.

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 To my dearest Japanese mother,

 How are you? And how are my older sister, older brother and the cat?
 I'm really sorry that my replies are always so late.

 During the two nights and three days of my homestay with you, I was unable to meet my older brother for the first two days, but I was delighted to hear that he has got married. Please do send him my congratulations. When I saw the photographs of you wearing kimono, I thought that the wedding ceremony must have been a very grand occasion.

 Recently, I read the books "Snow Country" and "The Old Capital" by Yasunari Kawabata. In particular, when I read the depictions and saw the illustrations of the traditional kimono in "The Old Capital", I recalled the sight of you on the last day of my homestay, wearing a beautiful kimono and geta clogs, waving me off. I am a little regretful that I was not able to try on a kimono while I was staying with you. I hope that you will let me stop by if I have the chance to visit again.

 On this day last year, I arrived in Japan and began the first day of the nine-day programme.

 We visited Tokyo, Yokohama, Kyoto and Nara, and were captivated by Japan's culture, including its cuisine, traditional clothing, music and dance. The hospitality, affection and kindness that Japanese people show to guests have changed the view that I had of Japanese people before coming to Japan. I think that the people of both countries should interact more in the future.
 Thank you very much for your generous hospitality while I was participating in the homestay with you. If you have the opportunity, please do come to Yangzhou, where we live. I will show you around.

 I am now a third year high school student, so my daily life is very busy and fulfilling. In another month, I will celebrate my 18th birthday, so I will have to become a grown-up woman.
 My visit to Japan has had a huge impact on me, and I won't forget it, as long as I live.
(My Mum is now able to make Japanese sushi.)

From your Chinese daughter