All the students arrived at school looking more confident and even happier! Greeting the staff and their fellow students in excellent Japanese, “OHAYOU GOZAIMASU” and bowing … We are very proud of them! Ashleigh shared details of her delicious and unorthodox breakfast – she enjoyed a smorgasbord of foods, including pineapple jam on toast, corn soup and nashi fruit. Dylan shared devotions with the group and then asked the teachers whether they had played Japanese chess, called Shogi. While waiting for first period classes, Avery learned a dance from one of the host brothers, Yuya Mishima.
Lessons with their buddies were really enjoyed today as our students are now used to the timetable and the lay out of the school. Lessons today included Geography, Science, Japanese History and… Japanese Classic Literature! Period Two was spent puzzling over Math for most students, while the rest experienced an English lesson.
Students were treated to a calligraphy lesson and were asked to choose a kanji character to practice, practice, practice. And then practice some more! Once they were confident using the thick fude brushes and ink to form their chosen character, students carefully created a special masterpiece to take home as a memento to show-off to their friends and family.
After lunch we were taken to watch the National Sports Carnival, in good seats at the Volley Ball tournaments. Minokamo team played with such enthusiasm! Genesis supported them with an adaptation of an Aussie war cry!!!
Sadly tomorrow is the last day in class, hasn’t time just flown!
We had fun reminding the students that we would see them tomorrow, Saturday, at school!