BBQ with E-Club

A great day for a barbeque!
A great day for a barbeque!

On Sunday the E-Club sponsored a barbeque in the mountains near Morioka. The SICE students, Morioka assistant language teachers (MALT), host families, and members of the E-Club enjoyed great food and fun games. Thank you, E-Club!!

Time to eat
Time to eat
Enjoying time with host family
Enjoying time with host family
BBQ3
Delicious
BBQ4
Playing newspaper tug-of-war

 

Trip to Tanohata

In Tanohata camp with Waseda students
In Tanohata camp with Waseda students

Last Friday through Sunday we visited the village of Tanohata, which is on the coast. First we listened to a lecture about the Tsunami of March 11, 2011. After seeing some of the tsunami damage and appreciating the beautiful view of the coastal cliffs, we joined a Waseda University club called “Forest Club.”

In front of slogan for dealing with a tsunami.
In front of slogan for dealing with a tsunami.

The SICE students spent the weekend participating in club activities. They camped in a big cabin in “The Forest of Meditation” and learned forestry management. There were plenty of other activities, too. The president of Waseda University came for a visit. We got to meet the host family of the first SICE leader. And, fun was had with local school children.

At cow pasture of first host family
At cow pasture of first host family
Shainagame
Self-introduction gam
Getting to know each other
Getting to know each other

 

 

Working in the forest
Working in the forest                                                  
Opening Ceremony we're off

SICE 2014 begins!

Saturday, August 23rd —  The First Week of SICE

Narita Airport – on to the train
Learning to be teachers
Delayed, but I’m here now!

The SICE 2014 students arrived safely and have finished orientation. It was a very wet first few days, but today we are seeing our first real sunshine. We had a successful opening ceremony this morning. The students gave self introductions in Japanese, and although there was some stumbling, they all did a great job. The schedule for this weekend is settling in at host family homes and learning the geography of both individual neighborhoods and Morioka as a whole. On Monday, each student will make her/his way to Iwate University and begin classes. The next day is the first day at one of the public middle schools. SICE is under way!

Dinner at Kumagai Inn
Opening Ceremony is finished!

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