SICE 2014 Program ends with a BANG!

Saturday, December 6th, was the SICE closing ceremony/party. We had speeches, time for chatting and eating, a song, and a Quaker-style moment of silence in a circle to say goodbye. Sunday morning – 9:50 shinkansen – was the time for all 5 students to leave. Lots of us were there to see them off. Thank you everyone for making SICE 2014 a success!!

SICE 2014 Closing Ceremony
SICE 2014 Closing Ceremony

Sunday morning at Morioka Station. Everyone is here but Zach!

Hope says Bye to her host family.
Hope says Bye to her host family.
Veronica and her family
Veronica and her family
Jonel's family sees her off.
Jonel’s family sees her off.
Shaina says goodbye.
Shaina says goodbye.
Almost time to go!
Almost time to go!
Zach made it!
Zach made it!
A few tears
A few tears
Bye! See you again!
Bye! See you again!
BYE!!!!!! Come back soon!
BYE!!!!!! Come back soon!

English Camp a Success

Last weekend 5 SICE students, 5 ALTs, and 10 University of Gandai students carried out an English-only weekend for 20 middle schoolers. It was called English Camp and has become an annual event since the tsunami. The students came from both the coastal area in Iwate and from the Morioka area. We stayed at a seminar house near Mt. Iwate. Each room had 1 American, 1 Japanese university student, and 2 middle school students from different schools. Although the students were tense at first, it didn’t take long to break the ice. There were lots of games and activities which required everyone to use English, though communication generally depended on lots of gestures and expressive faces.  Enjoy the photos!

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Icebreaker name game in gym
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What’s a scavenger hunt?

Faces made from scavenger hunt face parts
Faces made from scavenger hunt face parts
Meal time

Roommates – A slideshow of happy faces

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Wanko Soba

SICE is winding down. The Morioka Board of Education gave us a wanko soba party to celebrate the success of the students’ internships as assistant language teachers in the middle schools. Wanko soba is a traditional party where each person gets tiny bowls of noodles, one right after the other until the person eating puts a lid on the bowl. It is a kind of competition to see how many you can eat. Of the SICE students Veronica won by finishing 105 bowls of noodles. Tyler, former SICE student and now an ALT, was the grand winner of all participants, with 20 or more above Veronica’s score. Not quite sure.

Enjoy the photos!

Preparation of bowls before the competition starts
Preparation of bowls before the competition starts
The server drops the tiny amount of noodles in a tiny bowl into Shaina's bowl.
The server drops the tiny amount of noodles in a tiny bowl into Shaina’s bowl.
Jonel is beginning to collect a lot of bowls.
Jonel is beginning to collect a lot of bowls.
Hope's collecting more bowls!
Hope’s collecting more bowls!
Zach's got even more bowls!
Zach’s got even more bowls!
But Veronica is the SICE winner!
But Veronica is the SICE winner!

Congratulations, Veronica!! And thank you BOE!

Fall Color in Hiraizumi

On Monday, November 3rd, SICE took a day trip to Hiraizumi, a historical World Heritage site in Iwate Prefecture. The town was celebrating their autumn festival in the midst of beautiful fall color. We visited temples, gardens and the cultural heritage center.

Japanese maple beauty
Japanese maple beauty

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Visiting Schools and Mastering Movements of Mysterious Monsters

Every year SICE students visit various schools as part of the Cross-cultural Educational Perspectives course. This year most of the visits took place in October. The most recent were to two elementary schools. We helped with English classes at both schools and spent the whole school day at one of them: interacting, introducing American culture, and learning a lot about Japanese elementary schools.

The entire class at the entrance to Ueda Elementary School
The entire class at the entrance to Ueda Elementary School
Students ask SICE participants questions.
Students ask SICE participants questions.

The schedule at our next school involves our presenting an activity to the 5th graders. We decided to warm up with Yokai Taisou, a very popular exercise involving mysterious monsters, and then teach the students the hokey pokey.

Early morning last minute practice of Yokai Taisou to make sure we can do it!
Early morning last minute practice of Yokai Taisou to make sure we can do it!

Here we are successfully performing yokai taisou  and then doing the hokey pokey with the students.

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Kindergarten and Kimono Time

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Can I have a bite?

Last Wednesday we spent the day at Hakubai Kindergarten. We played with the children, enjoyed seeing the youngest class eat their box lunches, and ate lunch with the oldest children. The “rock, scissors, paper” game was lots of fun. SICE and the boys played against an equal number of the girls.

The Earlham and boys team won!
The Earlham and boys team won!

Mrs. Kudou, a former host mother explained how to sew kimono

Zach is holding a sword passed down through the family.
Zach is holding a sword passed down through the family.

and then let SICE students try on kimono.

They all chose the kimonos they wanted to wear.

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Iwate University Kozukata Festival – Saturday and Sunday, October 18th and 19th

The festival started with the groups for each booth/tent putting up the tents.

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We’ll figure it out!

Then we began cooking rice crispy treats. The booths opened at 10:00, and we sold the treats in three flavors, plain, chocolate and mixed.

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Zach was our main artist for the poster.
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Special rice crispy treat chefs

We were part of the International food booths. We had students from Xinjiang on one side and from Indonesia on the other.

Lots of great food to choose from.

Mixed flavor.
Mixed flavor.
Having a taste
Having a taste
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Do you know where we are from?
Time for a discount price
Time for a discount price

Another day of festival tomorrow: cooking, selling, and eating good food! If you’re nearby, drop by and support SICE. The extra money made will go to support the tsunami disaster area.

Thanks!

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