Saturday, January 06, 2007


We had a wonderful experience at the International Community Center this afternoon. For Y50 we got an hour of Japanese calligraphy lessons and a half hour of snacks a conversation. If we had our act together we could have done paper folding and Shoji (board games) earlier in the morning. It was great, they have language classes every day of the week, for 1 to 4 hours. Has anyone heard of something like this in the States? It's completely volunteer run. We were amazed.

As a side note, you can get the greatest stuff from vending machines that are one every street corner here: Juice, Soda, Coffee, Tea, Soup, Smokes, and Beer.

This is from the Shinto dance we saw last night. Strange music, I love the mask, it moved in all kinds of ways.


Anonymous said...

Wow, this is so exciting! Following your adventures on your blog. Please include more photos of yourselves doing things and visiting places. (on your bikes, at the market, etc.)
We've had two record-breaking warm days here in Boston - 63 degrees yesterday and nealry 70 degrees today. Doesn't feel like winter.
On Christmas Day a tornado ripped through Daytona Beach and caused $32 million damage to Embry-Riddle. Destroyed the building I used to work in, the hanger, and 50 planes on the flight line. they should have hired me.
Happy New Year.
Here's hoping 2007 is the best yet.

Anonymous said...

Stop it!!! You are having way too much fun and way too many exotic adventures without moi!!! The language classes sound great any chance you could do an exchange, English for Jananese? Maybe you two could be visiting "foreign students" at the school for girls and hold discussions on cultural differences, etc. What are you going to do with all of this new material???? bonnie

Anonymous said...

WTF!!! I check out the community center website - that place looks fabulous - library must be well stalked with many foreign publications - have you checked it out yet??? You can also get CNN and the BBC in the lounge - what more do you want???? The garden looks beautiful - sign me up for the tea ceremony, flower arranging, and handicraft salon classes!!! bonnie