I had the privilege of meeting Howl’s family in Jeonju. It’s hard to believe a year ago I was in Jeonju for EPIK's orientation. At that time I would’ve never imagined going back with a Korean friend to visit his family a year later. Jeonju will always have a special place in my heart, now for more reasons than one.
We snacked on corn on the cob and Japanese rice cake as we chatted. Howl’s aunt had us come to the tearoom for some traditional tea before leaving. It was bitter going down, but had enough sugar to compensate. Walnuts, gingko seeds, and other medicinal ingredients made it taste more like a stew.
|Howl's aunt and uncle's woodwork shop in Jeonju.|
I know meeting Howl’s family was a significant moment in our relationship. I especially enjoyed meeting his little brother. Yeachan is the same age as some of my students. We bonded right away. I look forward to seeing him again.