Now that goal is accomplished and I really think it is time to seal this blog just the way it is. It is finished and now it is time to move on to the next phase in my life. Thank you everyone who has encouraged me, helped me, or even just known me during this time in my life and I pray that you enjoy this blog now and in the years to come.
Here's my new house in Michigan!
Yummy...Yaki Soba is my favorite japanese meal!
From left to right: Akiko (Michelle`s host sister who`s really cool), Michelle (with a crazy face no less), Mikki, Mikki`s freind, Joceyln, Brad (the other YFU person from AZ), Sasha (who has had 5 host familys), and ME! : )
Once we were all finished with lunch, we headed back upstairs to relax in our rooms for about an hour and a half and then we went to the YFU dance party downstairs. Now I really don`t know were the dance party came from, because it wasn`t on our list of activites but apparently it started at 7:30 and everyone was there! : ) It was really fun and I even danced! Michelle went crazy with her dance moves and kept making all these silly faces...it was absolutely hillarious! And me, Joceyln, Michelle, Josh, and Kenji hung together during the dance party and had tons of fun!
I also had my first experience with Japanese coffee. They only had three drinks to choose from (unfortunately none of them being water), green tea (which isn`t that tasteful), coke, and this choclate drink which I later found out was coffee. Now, I really don`t like coffee, and usually never drink it. So with Japanese coffee being even stronger than American coffee I was up all night and wide awake, it was really annoying but foretunatly Shasha had had some too we just talked all night and the coffe only wore off about 3o min. before we had to wake up...so we only got thirty minutes of sleep! Oh well, there really wasn`t anything we could do about it so we were just a little tired the next day. It was still a great get together and I willl see everyone at the airport for out flight back to the states! I know all of us were thinking about the fact that we only have three days left in Okinawa!!! I can`t believe it!!!
During the parade walk to the festival, they also had these tall poles with banners hanging down with characters on them. They were really pretty and really ornate (they also looked really heavy!: )
Once we got the festival site, we were met by crowds and crowds more of people. Everyone was so happy and excited for the festival to start!
First, they had taiko and drum preformances, then all the men dressed in white came out and showed off their skills with the wooden staffs. Let`s just say they were pretty good! After that, it was time for everyone`s favorite activity at the festival...Tug of War!!!
The acual tug of war battle was really intense. Both sides of the rope had hundreds of people tugging and pulling and my "east side" worked really hard. Everyone pulled with all their might, and we even had a pulling chant, but in the end...it was my side that lost. Oh well, we put in a great effort! : )
After the festival was over and it was time to leave, Alicia`s host sister invited me to attend her Japanese class that she teaches on tuesday. She is so cool, she spent a year in Australia and is pretty fluent in English so she teaches Japanese to foreigners (mostly Chinese and Americans she says). I was really happy for the chance to go to her class, and it is also the same day as my farewell party. Only 6 days left in Okinawa!!!
Hello everyone! I have thought long and hard about what I want to say
today. To not only Haebaru High School, but also to the Haebaru
Community. First, I have to say thank you. To class 2-3, thank you
for accepting me. We have laughed together, talked together, and shared
together. I will never forget the times we have shared and the memories
we`ve made these past few weeks. To Haebaru High School, I am so glad that
I got to share with you such a special time as your 30th Annivesary!
Haebaru High School is a wonderful school, but what makes it wonderful is not
its image on the outside. It`s the kind and hardworking people on the
inside. The teachers, staff, and students are who really make Haebaru High
School an amazing place. They say that a school is a reflection of the
community surrounding it. If so, then Haebaru High School is a true
example of this community. A community that helps, shares, and grows
together. Words cannot express the experiences I have had, the things I`ve
learned, and the new understanding I have gained of Okinawa. Words also
cannot express how thankful I am for all you have done for me. But,
I do sincerely wish to once again say thank you.
It`s a yearbook picture!
This is my Puricura book...isn`t it kawaii? ^-^
Once we had finished all our shopping, we left Haebaru Jusco, hopped on the bus and I took Haru and Tomoyo to my house (they kinda invited themselves over, and Anna had to catch a different bus).
We may be tired and worn out shoppers, but we`re still smiling! (and for some strange reason my face is really shiny...)
This happy face happens to be Akiko silly! : )
I wonder...who was the one to totally show me up at Ice Hockey??? : )
Look!!! It`s a huge strawberry!!! You can`t eat it...but you can sit on it! : )
Awwwe...Miu and Saku!