Calligraphy 春

As we begin our final week at SAINO we began the day with a calligraphy class. This gave us the chance to learn how to write in traditional kanji symbols for various words and phrases. I took a calligraphy course when I was eight and it helped a little but I was still very rusty.... Continue Reading →


Ōkunoshima (Rabbit Island)

Today began with a trip to Daiso to pick up some snacks and more souvenirs for the long day ahead of us. Keisuke (my host student) and I made our way to Ōkunoshima or Rabbit Island. The island was a chemical testing site in the 1920's and a power plant in World War II and... Continue Reading →

Downtown Hiroshima

Today I did not have school so the whole day would be spent exploring Japan. I began the day by visiting Hikari's home. She stayed with me last year when I hosted a student but since she graduated from SAINO, I could not stay with her. Her family was very kind and so sweet. Despite... Continue Reading →

Miyajima Island

Today was a mix of emotions. We went from Miyajima Island to The Hiroshima Peace Memorial. The day began with a bus ride to the ferry and a ferry ride to Miyajima Island. Once the boat landed on the island we were greeted by deer. On Miyajima, the island has more deer than people and... Continue Reading →

Irishing Dancing in Japan

From mixed martial arts to gymnastics and Irishing Dancing, Mae O. and I taught the other Japanese students how to Irish Dance and we also played many games that are popular in America like the human knot, human pyramid, and much more. After they showed us some traditional Japanese games that they played as a... Continue Reading →

Aikido (Japanese Martial Arts)

We began our second day at SAINO with a trip to downtown Higashihiroshima to meet the mayor and school board superintendent and after discussing our stay in Japan we returned to SAINO and attended an animal science class. Here we planned out the possibility of a joint research project with CHSAS and SAINO. We brought... Continue Reading →

First Day at SAINO

As the car comes to a stop, I exit the vehicle and see The Saijyo High School for Agricultural Sciences (SAINO) for the first time. My student is a part of the track and field team so I spent my morning with him at the track field as he participated in his club sports. We... Continue Reading →

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