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... my latest obsession - Japanese potato salad. We chattered in the kitchen for ages and had a really fun time. Dinner was so delicious - we had rice, gyoza, capsicum meatball curry, fried iberico pork and chocolate cake for dessert. We then watched a funniest home videos type of show and laughed the night away. It was such a lovely evening and a perfect way to spend our last night in ...
... to the country side. Sayo and Nori live in a smaller village called Tokai. Tam and Sayo came to collect us and we were immediately greeted with big hugs and smiles. Their house is huge! It's like 2.5 stories and is absolutely gorgeous. We settled in and met everyone and then headed off to Karaoke. These guys really know what they are doing - we had a massive room to ourselves with lounges around the wall and a central table. It was ...
... how they are learning English. The man who owns the kindergarten is also a monk who them took us to a nearby temple where we practiced meditation. That afternoon we all took a pottery class. Each of us were able the create 2 pieces of pottery. I have included a couple pictures of Jonah behind the wheel.
The next day while the kids were practicing taiko a group of chaperones were able to tour a sake brewery. This is a small brewery where ...
I'm falling a little behind with the blog so I'll let the pictures do the talking for this day. If you open up the pictures into a slide show you will find additional commentary for some of the pictures.
In brief, we started the day by visiting Terasawa, a workshop where taiko drums are manufactured.
After lunch we took a pottery ...
... will perform on the 20th. After Tenjin no Kai rehearsed their pieces, the two groups joined each other on stage to rehearse their joint piece. Check out the video below!
To be able to witness the cultural exchange among the students has truly been an honor and a privilege. Jonah and I are so fortunate to have this opportunity.