Being my first week in Japan, the family had the opportunity to offer many of my "Japan Firsts" such as a sashimi restaurant featuring a non-stop conveyor of raw fish, shrimp burger at McDonalds, and my first raw egg. One evening even included a trip out for "shabu shabu" which involves cooking pork and vegetables in boiling water. Delicious!
Yuko also offered me a terrific lesson in Japanese handwriting. Considering my lack of talent with English handwriting, I figured it couldn't be any worse. According to the family, it was readable. Thus, I can officially proclaim that my Japanese handwriting is better than my English handwriting.