I took part in a 3-day English Camp from March 25th to 27th. It was held in a mountain village in Tottori Prefecture. We stayed in a hotel that had been converted from an old elementary school.
I love this time of year. The sakura are blossoming and the days are getting warmer. I’ve lived in Japan since 2003 and I still really look forward to the cherry blossom season. It’s a truly beautiful time of the year. People enjoy hanami parties in the local parks, sitting under the cherry trees having drinks or eating obento. Did you know that the sakura “front” gets reported on the daily news as it makes its way across the country?
Breakfast at the hotel was a traditional Japanese one, with grilled fish, rice, egg, soup, and a selection of vegetables including daikon, spinach, broccoli, carrot, and pickles. Eating the fish with chopsticks (hashi) has taken years of practice, especially when the fish’s skin is firm. You have to use the hashi to carefully split the skin and remove the fish from the bones. When I compared my efforts to the Japanese students’, I felt a bit embarrassed. 😅
It was an intense three days at the English Camp. After completing a series of language activities, the students made a power point presentation in English focusing on their individual highlights. I was blown away, yet again, by their creativity and ability. It’s always invigorating to be inspired by your students, particularly those which you meet for such a short period of time.
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