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Sunday, October 24, 2004

Last Week At Ibaraki:

The last week was very sad because we knew that are time at Ibaraki was coming to a close. This week was the busiest week of the four weeks here.  The week started off like any other with class and chapel. Near the middle of the week is where we kicked it into over drive.
The first thing that we did was go to the Junior High on campus ad talk with 7th, 8th, and 9th graders. One of the most beautiful things that I heard was when the 9th graders sang to us, “May the Lord bless you and Keep you” in Japanese.
The next morning we made Bamboo Crafts which was a lot of fun. I man from the town came in and taught us about bamboo and showed us how to make bamboo whistles.imageimage
Are final activity with the IC buddies was going to Ryujin Suspension bridge and we also stopped to make “Mochi” which is rice cakes. imageimageimageWhile there Chris, Jala and Jon tried “Nato” which is fermented beans and tastes really nasty but most Japanese like it.
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The last things that we did was got are certificate of Completion and farewell party.
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People to Thank At Ibaraki:

The time has come to say good bye to Ibaraki Christian University and our host families. It is hard to think that the four weeks is already up it seems like we just got here and were figuring out how to get to school from our homes by trains and busses.  As the weeks progressed we felt more and more comfortable to where it was second nature to get to school.

We have to thank the people who made this foreign place feel like home. The 15 families that took in us all in and treated us as if we were one of there own kids. They fed us took us to sites, and showed us true hospitality. So thank you all very much.
Jordan Alexander Togasaki Family
Jacob Barnes Saka Family
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Kent Breeze Tanmachi Family
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McKayla Brooks Owada Family
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Stephanie Coil Yabe Family
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Amy Convington Saito Family
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Jala Herdon Hirai Family
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Laura King Sawahata Family
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Danny Kratzer Kikuchi Family
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Issac Magoos Kikuchi Family
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Adam Potter Kikiuchi Family
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Jon Schulz Mori Family
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Leia Vergne Akiba Family
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Chris Verner Kuboki Family
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Casey White Kuwana Family
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Ibaraki Christian University has these people called “IC Buddies” they helped in many ways and became some of our really good friends. The buddies spent their free time helping us in our Japanese class; they also helped us order food and helped us communicate with the other students. The IC buddies spent time with us after school and took us around the town from Karaoke to “Pricula” (a really popular thing to due in Japan). A special thanks to our new friends who will be greatly missed.

The four ladies in the International studies office at ICU get a gold star; they planned many activities, helped us with translations, took me to the Hospital, and helped us when we needed help. They went far above the call of duty and made everything run smoothly.
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The last people that we need to thank are the professors that taught us in our Japanese culture class and language class. They made Japan come alive, they taught us all different aspects of the Japanese culture from learning to play the Koto to learning how Japanese business men do business.  A special thanks to Suzuki Sensi who spent the whole month teaching a group of American how to speak a very difficult language. To the prefessors thank you again for everything.

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