The PacRim 2004 voyage is now over. Most blogs start with now and scrolling down takes you further into the past. We've reversed the order here so you can read from the beginning to the end. Or click on the categories to the left to skip directly to what you're interested in.

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Weekend Retreat:

imageimageimage
We had the opportunity to get together with a bunch of IC students for the weekend. The weekend stated with a traditional Japanese BBQ, and a time of fellowship. The food was awesome and very filling.

After dinner we got together and played a game that was very challenging for us because we were not aloud to talk to each other. They game was like Spades with a twist everyone was given a different set of rules for the game. After the game Batton Sensei told us that when you are in a different culture you need to be aware that people have a different set of rules which they live by.

The next morning we had the opportunity to see a Japanese sunrise, but I was so tired from staying up late I didn’t get up.

That morning was a special time for us Pac Rim group because one of our own deiced to get baptized while at the coast. McKayla Brooks was baptized on Saturday October 2nd around 9:00am. So congratulations to McKayla, our new sister in Christ.

I thought that this was a great way to end an awesome fun filled weekend.
imageimage

(0) Comments • (0) TrackbacksPermalink
 

Thursday, October 14, 2004

Photos From Ibaraki

This Blog will have a bunch of Random photos from Ibaraki.imageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageimage

(0) Comments • (0) TrackbacksPermalink
 

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Busy Week Two: Stephanie Coil

image

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. 

imageimage

(0) Comments • (0) TrackbacksPermalink
 

Busy Busy Busy Week 3 at Ibaraki

image

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).

imageimage


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.
imageimage

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. 

image

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! 

(0) Comments • (0) TrackbacksPermalink
 

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.
image
The last things that we did was got are certificate of Completion and farewell party.
image

(0) Comments • (0) TrackbacksPermalink
 

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
image
Kent Breeze Tanmachi Family
image
McKayla Brooks Owada Family
image
Stephanie Coil Yabe Family
image
Amy Convington Saito Family
image
Jala Herdon Hirai Family
image
Laura King Sawahata Family
image
Danny Kratzer Kikuchi Family
image
Issac Magoos Kikuchi Family
image
Adam Potter Kikiuchi Family
image
Jon Schulz Mori Family
image
Leia Vergne Akiba Family
image
Chris Verner Kuboki Family
image
Casey White Kuwana Family
image
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.
image

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.

(0) Comments • (0) TrackbacksPermalink
 
Page 2 of 2 pages  <  1 2