Saturday, June 5, 2010
Thursday, June 3, 2010
It’s already eleven at night and I have had yet another killer day of fun. This time my host family’s bank hosted a day of Cirque du Soleil in Tokyo meaning my host mom and I got to go with.
“How was it?” you ask. Well, to put it lightly, Cirque du Soleil single handedly taught me a whole new meaning of the term mind-blowing. They pulled off the incredible only to be followed by the impossible. I am still turning some of the stunts and performances over in my mind and I cannot understand how a human body could bend, twist, flip, jump, crawl, dance or fly like theirs did today…absolutely unreal!!
It’s late, I’m tired and because the darn usher lady (who was dressed like a clown, by the way, making it really hard to take her seriously) scolded me for trying to sneak photographs, I only have a handful of shots from the day. Therefore I grabbed a couple off of Google, uploaded the few pictures I do have, and even shared the link to the program's homepage below. Actually I recommend you click on the link, it'll only take a second, because when you open it, a really cool 30-second clip of the show comes on so you can can a glimpse of the show. So there you have it, the end to a fantastic day – again!
Check out the website, it's worth it: http://www.zed.co.jp/home_en.php
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
June 1st – the best day of the year for Bato High School students. You want to know do you? Really?
Well I’ll tell you. It’s because we get to spend all day outside celebrating the school’s annual sports festival AND it’s also the national fishing opener for Ayu Sweetfish in the surrounding rivers!! Score =)
<-- My Fishery Homeroom Class
Haha, but I would say that today was undoubtedly one of my favorite school events of the year. Somewhere above the day I got to make sushi rolls in foods class and below when I got to spend a week in tropical Okinawa! Wow, I’ve done a lot this year, haven’t I? That being said, today and part of yesterday were spent out on the Bato High School athletic fields battling it out with my classmates in a fun, surprisingly high level soccer competition worthy of this month’s main international attraction: the 2010 South African World Cup! We scraped, we jumped, we shot, and we scored. It was the best feeling to be back on the pitch with teammates, reaping the rewards of a hard day’s play: sunburn, blisters, and sore legs!! Aka a feeling I will always associate with summer and my soccer crew back home.
Synchronized School Stretching
We ended up winning almost all of our games, but tied the eventual champs 1-1 in our own bracket, but ended up competing in the consolation bracket nonetheless. It was still an excellent afternoon with flawless weather, and I couldn’t have been more relaxed and at home than when I was once more out playing the world’s most popular sport. Thank God I chose soccer because it truly is a game that can be played all over the planet, connecting races and cultures that might not otherwise find themselves together. Now I can’t wait for the World Cup!!
PS at the bottom are a handful of photographs taken by the newspaper reporter during our kayak trip. Luckily I could copy some of their shots onto my computer in order to share with you all. Enjoy