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the sleepy town of ota
As part of our program, we had a field trip today to Kugahara Elementary school in Ota-ku, outside of Tokyo. Our group of foreign exchange students were divided into pairs, each assigned to a classroom and grade. We had 5th graders!

Upon arriving to the sleepy town, we walked to the elementary about 15 minutes from the station. We were then given a tour of the school, bright and sunny and filled with smiling faces! After we were directed to the auditorium where all of the students (maybe 500) were assembled and greeted us with a procession and singing! We were then introduced to the entire school and divided up into our classrooms.

Keri and I had a wonderful bunch of 5th graders. We introduced ourselves and were led by hand to their classroom where they asked us questions, mostly in Japanese, and served us lunch.
outside kugahara elementary
After lunch, we went out to play games for a short recess. I played basketball with the boys and Keri played tag with the others. It was tiring! My favorite part was slam-dunking the basketball on the 7 foot hoops to the chant of the boys "danku, danku!".

After recess, we went back inside and cleaned the classroom together. This is a tradition in Japan for the children to take part in the sooji, or cleaning, of the classroom. Each student did his/her part in the cleaning and did it without complaint! After the cleaning, the class then prompted us with a series of games they had prepared for us, which are traditional Japanese games conducted during the summer festivals. The first game was a yo-yo fishing game, where you try to hook a water balloon out of the water pond using a hook made of plastic and tissue paper. The second game was ring toss. The third game was dart blowing. And the fourth game was shooting a rubber band gun at targets. We won many prizes that the kids had made, even though we didn't necessarily win the games.

By the end of the afternoon we had to leave, but not without several hugs and handshakes, and even autograph sigining! The kids wanted us all to sign their notebooks. It was sad to part with some truly delightful kids, but perhaps we will try to visit again before the end of the semester.
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the sleepy town of ota
the sleepy town of ota
outside kugahara elementary
outside kugahara elementary
our procession...
our procession...
and welcome assembly!
and welcome assembly!
some of the ciee students were int…
some of the ciee students were in…
keri giving her jikoshookai, or se…
keri giving her jikoshookai, or s…
an interesting way to think of the…
an interesting way to think of th…
lunch time
lunch time
the kids preparing the yo-yo fishi…
the kids preparing the yo-yo fish…
keri with her water balloon yo-yo
keri with her water balloon yo-yo
my yo-yo, which broke later :(
my yo-yo, which broke later :(
more yo-yo fishing
more yo-yo fishing
the ring toss
the ring toss
keri was much better at it than i
keri was much better at it than i
aito-kun
aito-kun
dart blowing
dart blowing
keri trying out the blow gun!
keri trying out the blow gun!
the rubber band gun wasnt working…
the rubber band gun wasn't workin…
our class!
our class!
CIEE student exchange welcome ass…
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