We're going to a tea plantation this weekend. I expect to buy about half a suitcase's worth of souvenirs.
In short: It's fun, it's different, there's definitely some cultural diferences that have made me look like a rude, bumbling idiot, though my language attempts have done that pretty effectively too. But I'm enjoying myself. And yesterday I discovered the hot shower in the house! Well, "shower"...
Anyway, time is short in general, but I'll try to write more soon.
Oh yeah, and my family has a little fish pond in the dining room, with koi. In case you were curious.