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Eating, and being eaten by, fish

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 A few days ago in Tokyo, we saw the largest seafood market in the world in full swing, Tsukiji fish market.  Some members of our group seized the opportunity to sample their incredibly fresh wares by eating sushi there, despite it being very early in the morning.  Today the fish of the world got their revenge by snacking on us.  After trekking around the island of Miyajima, some of our group stopped for a soothing foot soak...in a tankful of flesh eating fish.  The fish only nibble, and they only eat dead skin, so our students ended up with lovely soft feet, free of rough dry skin.  

Students: 1, fish: 1

Japan photos

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 Here are some fun images of our first week:

The Eagles have landed in Japan

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We've been in Tokyo for a few days and are having a great time exploring the city and its culture.  It is hot and humid, but we're getting acclimated to it.  For such a large city, Tokyo is strangely quiet, especially at night.  Very few sirens and no honking horns, loud trucks, or blaring radios.  One notable exception is the cicadas in the parks.  While walking through the park adjacent to the museums we visited, their sound was overwhelming.  It was incredible to imagine such a noise coming from mere insects, until Yoko picked up a specimen and showed us just how large they are!

We began today before dawn, piling into taxis (the trains weren't running yet) at 4:15 am for a trip to Tsukiji fish market, where we waited in line for a chance to be among the lucky few allowed to watch the tuna auctions.  It was absolutely fascinating....and smelly.  Who would have guessed that Japanese auctioneers talk every bit as fast as American auctioneers?  We were told that a single fish can cost $15,000 to $30,000 dollars.  After the fish market, we took midmorning naps at the hotel and then ventured back out to explore the Harajuku neighborhood, a prime shopping district for the young cosplay fans.  Since the dollar is so weak against the yen these days, we didn't buy too much, which is probably good, since we have to pack our luggage tonight and move.  Tomorrow, we ride the Shinkansen train to Kyoto, watching the countryside whip by at 130 mph.

18,824 steps measured by my pedometer today - whew!

 

 

 

Recieving our Host Families!

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I'm so excited that we now know who we will be staying with in Gifu! I look forward to meeting my host family and hanging out with them!

My host student shares my passion for basketball so I'm hoping to bond with her over that. I'm also excited because my host father is very interested in history and airplanes. He has offered to take me to the town he grew up in and I can't wait! We're also planning on viewing many castles in Japan and I look forward to that. My host father also speaks fluent english which is an advantage for me but I want tot try and act like he doesn't. I'm not going to get home until around 8 pm so I won't have that much time with him anyway but when I am with him I want to speak only in Japanese so that he can help me with my language skills.

I've been trying to e-mail my host student Azusa with no avail. I would really like to get in contact with her so we're already acquainted by the time we meet! Yoko is trying to get me an address that works...

Still practicing my piano piece and Solier boy dance occasionally!

It's almost time and I'm really looking forward to our trip!

Japan Trip Notes 5/4/10

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Today, we talked mainly about our bakesale, which is going to occur on THURSDAY, MAY 14!
This time, students are COMPLETELY in charge, and need to be very organized in order to complete all the necessary steps needed to have a successful sale!

Here are some things we are going to do to STAY ORGANIZED!
Those who have second period free on Thursdays are going to be in charge of set up
Those who have sixth period free on Thursday are going to be in charge of clean up
EVERYBODY is going to help sell
We are going to have two sets of class lists printed out (one for break, one for lunch) and WE are going to be the ones to mark each person's name off.
We are going to make price tags necessary for each item
EVERYBODY is going to be brining food!

We also discussed what the money we make is going towards, of which we have a goal of about $800
Facny dinner in Japan
Sister school relationship-gifts?
Dance lessons this summer
Parts for robotics presentation
Other misc. items that need to be paid for

We also discussed the need to TURN IN OUR PAPERWORK!!!
take care of passport photos and copies of passports ASAP!
no paperwork, no trip!
turn in your papers to Veronica sensei SOON!

That's it for now!
please don't forget we are now meeting TWICE A WEEK every week!

 

Japan Trip Notes 4/30/10 (again)

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Today we found out a little information about our homestay!
Yoko sensei informed us that there are going to be some boys staying with girls, so if you are uncomfortable with that, make sure you let her know!

IMPORTANT:
Starting this month, Japan trip meetings will be held both TUESDAYS AND FRIDAYS, until further notice!

This week, we were fortunate enough to have another senior guest speaker, Yannie! Make sure if you see her you thank her once again!
Here are some of the tips and questions she answered for us:

You will become great friends with your entire group, and be very dependant on them as you travel together
Bring small luggage! You have to take it wherever you go!
Bring thing T-shirts so you can wash them.
Bring bug spray!
You may experience cultural shock-Gifu students are LOUD! and there are many of them!
It may be a little hard to communicate with your host family at first, but you will figure out different methods of communication, including pictures.
Students at Gifu seem a bit immature
Yannie went to a really cool paper-making museum with her host family on the weekend.
Bunkasai was really fun!--Dancing, haunted house, skits, yakisoba making, competition
Food-try everything! Be adventurous!
At Sukiji (fish market) try raw fish! It is super fresh!
Its hot, Yannie got heat rash, so be careful!
Drink LOTS of water!
Try vending machine drinks, they're delicious.
Go to dinner with new people, get to know everyone!
 

We also talked about our next bakesale:
The 13th of May, which is a Thursday
Maybe at a later time we will host a cakewalk
We talked about the possibility of having this bakesale at the Cabel center since it is right before assembly.
EVERYONE needs to bake and help once again.
 

Lastly, we talked about Tshirts
Emrys showed us to drafts, and we voted on a Ninja as our design!
Emrys still needs to make a few changes to it, such as adding Catlin and Gifu's name, etc.
We need to decide in the near future what color we want, what we want on the back, etc.

Remember our next meeting is on TUESDAY, May 4th! and then we'll have another meeting on FRIDAY!

Don't forget to thank Yannie for her time at our meeting!!

Japan Meeting 4/30/10

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Today we found out a little information about our homestay!
Yoko sensei informed us that there are going to be some boys staying with girls, so if you are uncomfortable with that, make sure you let her know!

IMPORTANT:
Starting this month, Japan trip meetings will be held both TUESDAYS AND FRIDAYS, until further notice!

This week, we were fortunate enough to have another senior guest speaker, Yannie! Make sure if you see her you thank her once again!
Here are some of the tips and questions she answered for us:

You will become great friends with your entire group, and be very dependant on them as you travel together
Bring small luggage! You have to take it wherever you go!
Bring thing T-shirts so you can wash them.
Bring bug spray!
You may experience cultural shock-Gifu students are LOUD! and there are many of them!
It may be a little hard to communicate with your host family at first, but you will figure out different methods of communication, including pictures.
Students at Gifu seem a bit immature
Yannie went to a really cool paper-making museum with her host family on the weekend.
Bunkasai was really fun!--Dancing, haunted house, skits, yakisoba making, competition
Food-try everything! Be adventurous!
At Sukiji (fish market) try raw fish! It is super fresh!
Its hot, Yannie got heat rash, so be careful!
Drink LOTS of water!
Try vending machine drinks, they're delicious.
Go to dinner with new people, get to know everyone!
 

We also talked about our next bakesale:
The 13th of May, which is a Thursday
Maybe at a later time we will host a cakewalk
We talked about the possibility of having this bakesale at the Cabel center since it is right before assembly.
EVERYONE needs to bake and help once again.
 

Lastly, we talked about Tshirts
Emrys showed us to drafts, and we voted on a Ninja as our design!
Emrys still needs to make a few changes to it, such as adding Catlin and Gifu's name, etc.
We need to decide in the near future what color we want, what we want on the back, etc.

Remember our next meeting is on TUESDAY, May 4th! and then we'll have another meeting on FRIDAY!

Don't forget to thank Yannie for her time at our meeting!!

 

Japan Trip Progress Report

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 Friday we got to hear Andy speak of his experiences in Japan.
hearing his stories and suggestions has gotten me really excited to go! I'm really looking forward especially to exploring areas of Japan. I'm also looking forward to but a little nervous to experience the self-dependence that I'm sure I'll get there.
I saw some white-collared shirts for girls at Target earlier this week that were on sale and will be great for our uniforms, and even though its early, i bought a few because they were pretty nicely discounted. 
Megan and I have been discussing some shopping spree plans for items I don't have for the trip.
I'm getting super excited!

That's all for now! 

Japan Trip Notes 4/16/10

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Friday we were very lucky to get to hear Andy speak of his experiences in Japan. Here are some of the things he had to say!

he went to the hot springs with his family, and suggests we ask if interested when we are in Japan
When in fish market, don't get anything with sea urchin unless you've already tried it
Trip-very fast pace. get caffein from vending machines!
READ for what you are getting from vending machines
If there is an optional hike-do it! it's awesome!
Don't go to obvious places for dining. Holes in the wall are best.
Don't be scared to explore when you can, you're only there for so long!
Japanese people on streets--super helpful--ASK FOR DIRECTIONS!
Be prepared for different weather (typhoon last trip)
Hot springs are awkward at first, have to go in with no clothes--hard at first but worth it
Dissorientation will bring you closer to your group members
Ask in hotels for assistance on where to eat/visit
Bring/buy extra bag for small souveniers
Travel in groups! Never go alone
NO JEANS!!!
Clothes wont air dry, too humid
Buy umbrella-cheap, don't bring one (hassle)
Made in Oregon is a good place to find host family's gifts
    presentation of these is important--NO price tags
Leave extra room in bags for gifts, you'll get lots from your host family
Your host family will stay up late to keep you company, and then do there homework.

 

Make sure if you see Andy around campus to thank him again for all his great suggestions!!!

Getting closer to the end of school

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こんにちは、

せんしゅうにMUNにいきましたから、ケントさんとクリスさんと話しませんけど、ノートを読みました。金曜日に、アンディさんをあそびました。アンディさんから、日本のりょこをならいました。アンディさんは、たくさんおいしいレストランにいきました。私もおいしいレストランに行くでしょう。よこせんせいとあそびました、よこせんせいから、たくさんDetailsをならいました。

 

ラムティン

Hi,

Last week I was on MUN so I didn't hear Kent/Chris talk about the japan trip, but I did read the notes that were posted, so I got a pretty good feel about what went on. Two days ago Andy V. met with us and described his japan trip experience. It seemed like he went to a lot of cool restaurants, which is something I hope to do. I finally met with Yoko to go over the trip minutia/details, and it got me a lot more excited. Also, I hope our next bake sale will be as successful as the last. 

 

Japan Trip April 10th

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 こんにちは

Hey everyone, this weeks was kind of cut short by MUN. However I still had time to practice my Japanese. It is especially important in class too, because we are learning casual forms that I think will be more commonly used when we go to Japan. Model United Nations was pretty fun, and I corrected the Japanese delegate a couple times. 

 

-ジェシー

A bit of baking, perhaps?

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 ニャンコちゃんが大好きですよ〜!

あの、お元気ですか、みんな様?

So, we all know we have the bake sale tomorrow, which I expect will be rather fabulous. I wish I didn't have to miss it! But I will definitely make time to drop off my baking goods in ML4 in the morning before I go, so that's good. We've been making good progress, I think. I'm almost done editing the second draft of my personal introduction (with much thanks to すばらしいみね先生!), and I will post it soon. I haven't found a specific place for second drafts, so I'm assuming we post it in the same place as the first draft. I have been working on the T-shirt design, mostly conceptually, and I was wondering if perhaps Cameron would like to join me in the process? I have a somewhat limited scope of the types of things I can draw, and while I'm sure I could definitely produce something passable this trip is a team efforts. Also, while I have a good collection of ideas, and I have the company we'll be using to order the shirts (CustomInk.com), some input from you all would be welcome. You will be wearing these shirts a lot, and they will be an important memento of our trip! Take an active interest, please!

Good luck at the bake sale tomorrow (everyone keep practicing the dance!)

ジャー

Japan Trip Prep

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 At the moment we are all getting ready for the bake sale tomorrow. I am going to probably bake brownies or cookies. We turned in our introductions last friday, and I finished re-editing mine today. 

 

あしたは日本のりょこうです。あした、ボラニーをりょるでしょう。金曜日に、Introをだしました。きょう、Introをできました。お金は日本のりょこうつかまし。

Japan Trip March 27th Week 3

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 こにちわ

Hey everyone, it has been a really long week. I went toヂスニランド but I remembered to practice my japanese phrases. I also visited lots of colleges. My family drove to California so that was a bit tiring. Also I forgot that I took this video a while ago! 

 www.youtube.com/watch

 

-ジェシー

Japan Trip March 27th Week 3

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 こにちわ

Hey everyone, it has been a really long week. I went toヂスニランド but I remembered to practice my japanese phrases. I also visited lots of colleges. My family drove to California so that was a bit tiring. Also I forgot that I took this video a while ago! 

 

-ジェシー