The plans have been set! I'm going to spend two weeks going around Tokyo, Hiroshima, Chiba, and Osaka with my class. I will doing a homestay with four different families as well! I'm super excited! All of the hours I've spent working have paid off, and now my dad only has to chip in 300$ out of the near 4000$ I've saved for this trip!
I am a tad bit worried however because the third week I'll be going to Nagoya and staying with my best friend, but I've had trouble getting in contact with her mom. It is confirmed that I'll be staying with them, but I still have to work out the details before I pay my travel agent...
The last thing is that I've gotten in contact with my manga sensei! Nao Yazawa, the artist of Wedding Peach! I spent two weeks studying under her last time I was in Japan! And before I leave Tokyo on my last day, I've scheduled a lesson with her! Which I'm super excited about because she's an absolute genius in her craft. I've been able to see and touch the physical pages from Wedding Peach and it's insane how talented she is!