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... the Honshu (biggest island of Japan) High School baseball championship. It was like professional baseball only the students seemed more up for it, more passionate and more focused. At the end when one team lost they all broke down into full on tears. I'm talking flood gates opening. Full on shouting and crying. It means that much to them because of the thousands of hours of practice and dedication. It's not to be taken lightly bukatsu.
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... br> The flight was nice and easy and everything goes smoothly. Then I arrive at Novosibirsk. The city looks very Soviety from above. Lots and lots of the same apartment buildings. A bus takes us from the airplane to the terminal where we have to line up for a passport check. There is only one little room for all these passengers and I can't see any sign saying transfer neither is there a toilet or any way out. So I decided to line up and just show my flight itinerary. The ...
... being the big day. Every afternoon this week we've gone to the gym to practice (and I kid you not) ojigi (bowing), sitting, standing and singing. Yes that's right, sitting and standing practice. The correct timing, the perfect posture, which direction to face etc. are all performed on the dot with what I now call Japanese precision. It's a site to see let me tell you. So the day began with first and second years and the teachers in the gym awaiting the ...
On Wednesday after class I signed up for a program that the teachers invited us to. As my friend Pamela says, sometimes you say yes to things and don't know what you've signed up for until it's over. That was definitely true for today. Because the program didn't start for an hour or so after class they told us it was OK to eat lunch in the room. Sonnaka, the woman from Thailand, and I walked to the convenience store for lunch. I am sure if any Japanese ...
... even if nobody spoke English. Surprisingly, Veggy's serves fish, which I managed to avoid.
After dinner I wandered over to Odori Park. There were still a fair number of people wandering around the festival. I didn't join them. I headed back to the ...