Iffah with her Japanese “kakaks”

Iffah with her Japanese “kakaks”

My wife and I have been volunteering our services by accommodating youths from ASEAN and Japan over 20 years now, since 1989, in various student-exchange and Singapore-exposure programmes, including the well-known Ship for South-east Asian Youth Programme (SSEAYP) for the homestay stint, usually for two nights at each visit and two participants of the same gender at each visit.

Over the last two years, since the time my wife and I took charge of my grand-daughter, Nur Iffah Muhammad Imran, when her parents, both teachers, are at work, Iffah has had the opportunity to meet with those participants who stayed at my home, all Japanese students. She calls them “Kakak” (Sister) in Malay.

In the extreme left photo, Ms Moemi Takei (left) and Ms Nao Kanda; in middle photo, Nur Iffah Muhammad Imran, and in the right photo, Ms Aoi Mori (left) and Ms Mikuru Mori.

The following 10 photos provide some idea of our interaction with our visitors, Ms Moemi Takei and Ms Nao Kanda (in the first 5 slides); and Ms Aoi Mori and Ms Mikuru Mori (in the second five slides).

WITH MOEMI AND NAO

Ms Moemi Takei  (extreme left) and Ms Nao Kanda trying out Malay dress. In the centre is the host and Iffah’s grandmother, Mdm Khairon Mastan. Other photos show Moemi and Nao taking Iffah out for a walk in the neighbourhood.

The last photo shows Moemi and Nao at home with the host family, Mdm Khairon and Mr Shaik Kadir.

WITH MIKURU AND AOI

Ms Aoi Mori (extreme right) and Ms Mikuru Mori with the host and Iffah’s grandmother, Mdm Khairon Mastan (centre). Other photos show Aoi and Mikuru taking Iffah out for a walk in the neighbourhood.

The last photo shows Aoi and Mikuru at home with the host family, Mdm Khairon and Mr Shaik Kadir.

Iffah loves to see their photos from my handphone, and this posting is the result with selective photos for her easy viewing, and sharing with all my Facebook friends.

Other articles with Japanese homestay themes are:

At this juncture, I must also say that some of the other SSEAYP/JENESYS participants who have had the homestay opportunity at my home and always contact me are Indira Tabo (Filipino), Hairos CM (Malaysian), Kaho Matsushita (Japanese), Michiko Akaboshi (Japanese), Miyu Taniguchi (Japanese), Rosnani Abd Rahman (Malaysian), Yulia Indahri (Indonesian) and Sakurako Tsutsumi (Japanese).

Shaik Kadir

15 March 2017

 

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