Thanks to Mama's beautiful Japanese and Peter, my experienced and helpful co-host, I survived my first press conference.
I had been nervous about this for weeks. During the press conference, I avoided eye contact with Mama and Oneesan at all costs. From what I hear, they avoided eye contact with me, too. We were all looking over each others' heads and off to either side. It may sound funny, but it sure wasn't when I was standing up there trying to speak the type of Japanese I never learned to use!
The night before, I was at Mama's hotel room until nearly midnight, working on the Japanese. I guess I did OK in the end. After the PC, I got a " みっちゃん、よく出来ましたよ。" (Good job, Michella-chan.) It came as the lift was closing them in, and I walked away with the biggest smile on earth at that moment. I am still smiling. :)
I'm ready for my next challenge!