S: Japan Summer 2010
BC: "For this moment only, never again."
FC: Japan Summer 2010
1: Japan | Susono | 5 am on Mom's 1st day | Sachiko | 6/28/10 3rd day in Japan | Sachiko's House | My (Clean) Room | Obaasan's (Grandma's) Garden
2: Tea Party! | The girls. | Satoko and Natsuki
3: My students were the cutest things ever! | The older class was a lot of fun, they worked hard and spoke excellent English. | Japanese Cell Phone: advanced, yet HUGE!
4: Ohisama House English School. The curriculum was easy, it was handling the children that was hard.
6: Yotsukaido Jr. High
8: "Boy side of MT. Fuji | Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Numazu Branch
9: Ancient Chinese Folklore says that long ago there was a beautiful, rich young women and a poor handsome young man that fell in love. Their families forbade the love so the couple asked help from a goddess. The goddess placed them in the sky as stars and they can only see each other on a certain day during the rainy season if there are no clouds in the sky. The goddess grants the written wishes of children if the couple can see each other. Every year the children write their wishes on colorful paper and they hang them up for the goddess to see.
10: Yamanaka Lake, home to swan boats and Blue Hawaii kaki gori. It is one of five lakes that surround Mt. Fuji. | "Boy side of MT. Fuji
11: Everything is harder to eat with chopsticks! | ...and I tried it all!
12: July 17, 2010
13: A day at the beach with my most unruly students, Soma & Yusaku.
14: Welcome to Fuji Safari Park! | I pet that Baby lion!
15: Be careful, all though the animals seem lazy they're quite dangerous!
16: Traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony serving eight-hundred year old green tea. Performed by Akiko and Satoko's Obaasan.
17: Aug. 1, 2010
18: Japanese Keyboard | Traditional Japanese Bath-house
20: Bento was my favorite food. Nutricious and delicious, it contains things like fish cake & sausage. Yum!
21: The Art of Bento
22: Japanese Bento 101: sweet egg & chicken teriyaki.
23: Japanese vegetables and serving sizes are huge. And they call America the super size country.
24: Japan's Mr. Donut
25: The food was the best part of Japan. There were so many things to eat! Sachiko made sure I tried some of the more...interesting foods.
26: The older generations have kept the Japanese culture alive for thousands of years. | Sachiko's mom | Hiroshi's mom &friend.
27: The vegetation and moss covered stone added a certain charm that could only be found in Japan. | Every where you go there are hundreds of spiders. At Sachiko's house there was the biggest spider I've ever seen. It was at least four inches.
31: Hakone Japan, home of kuro (black) eggs. said to add 7 years of life per egg. They blacken the eggs by boiling them in sulfuric water.
32: Hanabi Festival! The summer is the biggest time for festivals. Mom and I went to Susono's firework festival and ran into a lot of my students.
39: The sight of Mt. Fuji from this place is unforgettable!
41: A famous sight in Gotemba is it's Heiwa Koen, the Peace Park. A white pagoda resides here with gold buddha statues and lions from several different Asian countries
45: The temples in Japan are not only a place of worship, but a good place to buy charms and mementos. I bought a charm for good grades and a tea cup set with Mt. Fuji and the pagoda on them | Mom and I had fun posing as the giant oni (demons) behind us. We had a blast with Sachico and Hiroshi traveling around the mountains & lakes that surround Mt. Fuji
48: We found the road in the blockbuster Fast & Furious: Tokyo Drift. There were many expensive sports cars and sleek motorcycles racing up and down the road.
52: First moments in Tokyo with Sachico, mom, and Hiroshi were spent in one of the finest (and largest) shopping malls. We ate foil dinners and macaroon cookies.
53: The biggest shrine in Japan, Meiji Jingu, is housed in the center of Harajuk, the biggest teen shopping area in the whole country.!
59: Harajuku is one of the craziest and coolest places I've ever been. There were no adults in sight and poor Hiroshi felt so out of place. Mom had lots of fun taking pictures of all the wacky stuff around.
60: Cowboy Japanese | Somehow mom & I survived the impossibly complicated entanglement known as the Tokyo train system.
61: Shinjuku has the busiest walk way in the entire world! Its been in several movies including Jumper. The famous Hachi statue stands proud in front of the bustling station. Also known as the technology part of the city many people come here to shop and see whats new on the market.
64: The historical part of Tokyo houses Kabuki theaters, temples, and shrines
66: Tokyo Disneyland!
67: Tokyo Disney Sea! | Bonfire Dance
69: After a week running around Tokyo it was time to finally go home. My time in Japan was most memorable. I'll never forget my students and the women I worked with. All the fun things I did and the lessons I learned will always be cherished.