Exciting news! I recieved an email from my host mom on saturaday. I will be staying with the Kusudas who live outside of Kyoto, in Mineyama I believe. They have two daughers; Yuki, 12, and Natsuki, 6. I'm going to be a big sister!! My mom talked to my host mom on the phone - who speaks perfect english by the way! I will be attending Mineyama High School for 10 days and I will get to school by bike :) I am so excited! I have just about everything set to go - just need to finish up a few loose ends and make sure my funds are in order. Waiting eagarly for my tickets! More news soon.