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Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Busy Week Two: Stephanie Coil

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We got the honor of being invited to attend a Rotary Club meeting as their guests.  Although very few of the members (mostly business men) could speak English, we had a great time.  We had lunch and took turns introducing ourselves.  We experienced a true Japanese tradition:  gift-giving.  We each received a small gift from the Rotary Club, which was much appreciated. 

Also this week we visited Omika elementary school.  We were split into groups and got to spend time with different grades; playing games, sports, and singing songs.  We had a great time eating lunch with the kids and, of course, at recess. 

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Busy Busy Busy Week 3 at Ibaraki

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Our culture class this week was over the Japanese Haiku.  We got to experience an age-old traditional Japanese style of writing, called “oshuuji.”  Our teacher translated our names and haikus into Kanji, and after some practice we wrote them on strips of paper and hung them on a bamboo shade.  Here we have Danny, Stephanie, and Isaac; who took first, second, and third place for their haikus (our teacher was the judge).

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This week was completed with a trip to the Oarai aquarium, or Aqua World.  The aquarium is right on the beach, and complete with everything from sea lions to clown fish.  While at the aquarium we also got to watch an amazing dolphin show.  The same day some of us attended a Halloween party, put on by the English Bible Class.  We carved pumpkins, ate pumpkin pie, and laughed at each other’s…costumes.
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This past Sunday, October 17th, Hiromi Yamada was baptized at Mito Church of Christ.  Hiromi is a junior at IC has been studying the Bible for the past four years.  It was touching to see Hiromi’s baptism this morning, knowing how much of a struggle she went through to get to this point, and in a country that’s less than 1% Christian. 

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McKayla’s Web Page
Stephanie’s Web Sit


Above are links to Mckayla Brooks and Stephanie Coil’s personal websites, with their own thoughts and pictures as we journey through the Pacific Rim. Feel free to check them out! 

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