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Hello from Kyoto!

Hello from Kyoto!

We arrived in Kyoto on Friday and our time here has been jam-packed with activities since our first day here.

In Japanese, there's a proverb that goes "hyakubun wa ikken ni shikazu". That more or less translates to "a picture is worth a thousand words". Let's put that proverb to the test by looking at the following photos :)

Students getting ready to travel on the Shinkansen "Bullet Train" from Tokyo to Kyoto.

Fushimi Inari Taisha in Kyoto can be a place where some people find it easy to get lost, but as our students are demonstrating, it can also be an ideal location to embrace new challenges and boldly embrace what lies ahead.

It's true, almost anyone can prepare tea. But to prepare and drink tea at a Japanese tea ceremony, there may be some points to keep in mind that aren't all that intuitive. An example of this is noticed when students learn to create a slurping sound when they drink the last sip from their tea cups.

 Students had an opportunity to explore Kinkajuji with friends. This cultural experience helped the students to reflect on Japan's past, and to see what role they play in Japan's present situation and future.

Students had a chance to enjoy Sushi of their choice at a "Kaiten Zushi" restaurant.

Visiting Arashiyama gave the students a wonderful opportunity to first-hand experience aspects of Japan's natural environment including refreshing rivers, lush bamboo forests, and mountains inhabited by monkeys.

Visiting Kiomizudera gave the students an opportunity to put the inner-peace techniques that they've learned to the test :)

Everyday our students get our best with each teacher doing as much as possible to encourage both teamwork and leadership.

After leaving Kiomizudera, we headed out for a 60 minute all you can eat shabushabu experience.

After eating, we set off for Nijoujou Castle and enjoyed the surrounding  gardens as well.

We finished off our day of excursions designing art handkerchiefs using traditional Japanese designs.

Thank you for reading and please stay tuned for more adventures from Japan!

Curtis Wright 

 

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Tea Ceremony Photo

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Chillin' (?) in Tokyo

Hello from Tokyo!

The last week has been keeping us both busy and rather sticky, as our schedule has been full and the humidity high. The kids have been real troopers with respect to the weather, though - I literally have not heard any of them complain about it being too hot to enjoy their time here. I know that on any given day, a handful of them will choose to grab something from the convenience store and lay low in the dorm lounge (with its lovely air conditioner) after class, rather than go to the nearby station area for lunch. This has been a great way for them to get to know each other, in addition to being a chance to recharge before an excursion.

Currently, we are at the Cup Noodle Museum in Yokohama. Since we haven't made an update to the blog recently, I decided to hang out in the lobby and put together a short post. The students and other program leaders, however, are busy making homemade chicken ramen noodles, as well as "My Cup Noodles." We will have some photos of that for you later.

Last weekend, all the students had the opportunity to spend a few days with a host family. As is always the case, we heard many exclamations of "I LOVED my homestay!!" once they returned back to the Olympic Center. For many of the kids, staying with a Japanese family meant a full weekend of interacting in Japanese only. In addition to learning new vocabulary and cultural concepts, they learned how to persevere when faced with challenging language situations. In my humble opinion, that is the most important factor when learning a second language.

I was also fortunate to visit my homestay family...from when I was in Japan as a high school student in 1984! I am happy to report that my host mom is a super energetic 82 year old. (My host dad died in 1986). Here s a shot from the plane. Yes, that's Mt. Fuji!

We leave for Kyoto tomorrow and will have more reports later. Until then, stay cool!

Karen

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It's hard to see because of the clouds, but Mt. Fuji wears a cap of snow even in the heat of summer.

 

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Mid-afternoon karaoke last week.

Here are some photos from our cooking experience a couple days ago.

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Program leaders even help kids get dressed!


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The Latest From Tokyo

Greetings from Tokyo!

I suppose I should give it a rest on the photos...so that I can get some rest...but I know, as a parent, how much the parents of the CIEE participants probably like seeing photos, so I can't seem to help myself!

I actually like to write but, once again, I've decide to just get the photos up as soon as possible. If I wait until I have a lot of time to write, it could be awhile, so please accept these photos with short explanations for now.

Enjoy!

Karen

Students made onigiri rice balls, did a photo scavenger hunt, played games, and sang songs with local elementary school students today. It was hot but fun!

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Francis and Ally showing off their new clothes.
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This was taken during the photo scavenger hunt. ARRRRRR'nt they cute?
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Josh hard at work at the animation studio at which students learned how animated films are made and tried their hands at creating their own.
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Playing games with the elementary school kids.
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Participants were dressed by professionals in yukata summer kimono, and then strolled around a historical part of Tokyo as part of a guided tour.
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Did you know the Japanese method of paper making has been named as a National Treasure? Here, Daniel makes a go at making paper.
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The kids are getting to be pro-riders!
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Hanging out with the little kids.
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Photo Dump!

Hi, all. I've got a few minutes to share some photos from the last week before heading off with the group to do a photo scavenger hunt with some local elementary school kids. Some of these photos are from class, others are from a visit to Sensoji temple, and some are just random. Enjoy!

Karen

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Flashback Friday - Okonomiyaki

Ohayou Gozaimasu! 

Your friendly, neighborhood, program leader Lauren is here again for another update! This time we're flashing back to the good old days of.... last Sunday! 

Our students were able to meet college (and a few high school) students. From our lodgings, the students were brought to the metropolitan building, which is a free place to view the entire city. Then, they were brought to a famous shrine, Meiji Jingu. After that, we had Okonomiyaki, a savory-type pancake. The students could have one topping of their choice, and it was all you can eat! The expert college students helped our students learn to cook on the 'teppan', a grill that is set into the table (kind of like hibachi). The kids ate their fill and had a lot of fun! 

IMG_0551 Nick, Jacob, Daniel and Nathaniel (hard to see) are talking with their two new Japanese friends


IMG_0551 Abby, Kayla, Atziri, Julia, and Francis are watching an expert make okonomiyaki


IMG_0551 Nathaniel, Oliver, and Nick are instructed on how to make proper okonomiyaki


IMG_0551 Annie, Simon and Fifi try MONJAyaki, a specific kind of okonomiyaki that was created in Tokyo 


IMG_0551 Persia, Omina, and Navi are waiting for their ingredients to arrive 


IMG_0551 Josh and Brandon are waiting for the okonomiyaki to be ready 


IMG_0551 Erwin, chopsticks at the ready, awaits for the okonomiyaki to be cut out


IMG_0551 Spencer uses the spatulas to turn the okonomiyaki, and Tahir looks on 
IMG_0551 Even surrounded by his new Japanese friends


IMG_0551 Emma and Audrey, hai - cheese! 


IMG_0551 Lauren, Julia, and Tahir are listening while Spencer instructs them on how to flip the Okonomiyaki, great job! 

That's it for this program leader today, stay tuned for another update! 

This is PL Lauren, signing out for now! 

Lauren

Update from Japan - Paper Making!

Konnichiwa! This is your friendly, neighborhood program leader Lauren, here with you today for an update on our Tokyo program! 

Our students from classes B and C went to Ozu Washi, a building steeped in history, where the students got to participate in a demonstration of the way in which traditional Japanese paper (washi) is made! Students watched a video about how Ozu washi paper is made, from start to finish. Students were split into groups because of our large size, and each group got to experience the video, the tour of the shop, shopping, and paper making !

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They were then escorted around the building and were shown how various items were made completely from this paper, from socks, to bath towels, to coats and wedding dresses. The staff was very helpful, and the students got to create their very own washi paper using the techniques that the staff taught to them, through the traditions that were passed down to them!

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Students would watch the washi-maker go through the process, and using gestures and Japanese, he would show them through the process. 

THEN! It was the students' turns! 

DSC_0029 (the future washi paper that was made of the Kozo - a kind of tree, water, and a solution to help bind them together)

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DSC_0029(The teacher and Nick working together to make Nick's paper) 

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DSC_0029(Nathaniel working hard, shaking the solution back and forth to create his washi paper) 


DSC_0029 (Another teacher and Tabitha drying her paper with a suction vacuum before putting it on a hot plate to dry) 


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DSC_0029 (The teacher is stirring the mixture to get the right consistency before Allie tries her hand at making the paper) 

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DSC_0034 (Sorry for the blur, Oliver and the teacher were just working tooo fast!) 


DSC_0034 (Erwin was the second one to go, and showed that he could be a washi pro!) 


DSC_0034 (The teacher preparing the device while Francis looks on) 

 We will be updating our blog with more excursions and updates - stay tuned! 

This is your friendly, neighborhood PL Lauren, signing off for now!

Sayounara! 

Quick note from Tokyo

Hi, all!

We have been go, go, going and have had little time to post on this blog. Here's just a blurb to say that the kids are having fun and learning a lot. And, while I'm at it, here are a few photos!

Karen

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Writing a wish to hang on the Tanabata tree.
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More wishes!

Hey, Tokyo - Here We Are!

Greetings from Japan! This is just a quick note to let you know that we've arrived and are sufficiently tuckered out. I personally was here until last Friday with my own students, so I am doing double jet lag. Still, I've enjoyed getting to know the participants and find their enthusiasm energizing. Here are a couple photos from today. More to come, so check back later!

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Lauren being interviewed by a Japanese tv program.
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Playing Pictionary as an ice breaker.
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Looks like Kenny is having a great time!

Oodles and Oodles of Noodles

みなさん、こんにちは!

Have a look at what we did at the Cup Noodle Museum. Less than a week left to go!

Tiara sensei

 

Ramblings about Ramen in Yokohama!

Last week we had a chance to make our very own chicken ramen in Yokohama.  We kneaded the dough, pressed it flat, ran it through the  cutter and designed our own custom package. Then we watched the ramen we created deep fry. Students enjoyed the whole process.  Afterward we had a chance to try different kinds of ramen from around the world.  Here are a few photos from the day:

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