Happy Fourth of July! ( though Japan doesn’t celebrate) Here, today was like any other day in Japan... but our boys made sure that we didn’t forget Independence Day by playing patriotic songs to wake us up. We woke up around 7:00 o’clock to eat some eggs, toast, and juice prepared by our fabulous Yellow Team ( teams divided to make the meals for different days). After cleaning up we all headed out for another Boken Adventure! We rode our bikes to meet some sisters at the LDS church. The two sisters volunteered to help us practice calligraphy. When we arrived there, the two sisters had set up tables and writing stations for all of us. We all sat down at the tables and eagerly awaited instruction. Before we started our activity, we were told to gather around the center table ,where the sisters were seated, and watch how they wrote to kind of get the technique. They were very skilled! And made it look so easy too... We were told to alpine our body’s with the center of the paper. This will ensure your lines to be strait. They said that curved lined showed that your mind/thoughts were not strait, so we needed to make sure the lines were as strait as possible. Next step was to dip the paint brush into the ink provided. We were told that there needed to be a point at the end of the brush and that there should be no ink dripping from it either. We then started on our kanji. The two kanji I chose to write were 雨ame( rain) and傘kasa ( umbrella). I liked these two kanji because they look like what they represent. Each student completed two or more kanji of their choice.
After cleaning up the inky mess we made it was time to eat! One of the women who helped us with the calligraphy also volunteered to make Yakisoba for/with us. We all got to work. Some cooked pork, some washed vegetables, and other cut onions. While there were a few set backs...( one of us cutting their finger and a fuse blowing out) we eventually finished cooking and sat down the eat our meal. Itadakimasu! It was really good! Especially the pork!!
After the activities at the church it was Freetime! Some of us went Yukata shopping. We walked to a store about 30 minuets away. The Yukatas were very pretty and I bought one. After freetime was over we took a bus back tot he LDS church and helped the missionary’s there with an English lesson. We got to talk to English learners of all ages and it was really surprising how good they were are English... we all headed home after wards. ‘‘Twas an awesome day! -Annie Bearden.