The Nagano Olympic and Paralympic Homestay Program Committee is inviting friends and families of officials and athletes participating in the Games to apply for free accommodation in Nagano.Between Feb. 1 and Mar. 15, qualified visitors will be able to stay two or three nights — but no more than a week — in the homes of Nagano citizens. Those who are interested should submit application forms to their respective country’s Olympic or Paralympic committees, who will file the application along with a recommendation letter.The guests are expected to adopt a Japanese lifestyle during their stay in Nagano, including taking their shoes off in the home and bathing Japanese style. The application deadline is Jan. 31. For more information and application forms, contact the committee at (026) 235-7186, by fax at (026) 235-4738 or by e-mail atanpie@avisnet.or.jp

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