Just returned from Midori no Mura

We just returned to Tokyo from Midori no Mura, a hot springs retreat in the mountains near Mt. Fuji. We spent two and a half days in the region and packed many sights and activities into that time.  We visited Mt.Fuji, learned how to make Soba noodles, and inspected an ancient castle. We also spent time in the hot springs and in playing games with our Japanese hosts. My volleyball team lost but we were competitive. The differences between the Japanese dodgeball and American dodgeball matches were striking — the Japanese game has more strategy and team work while the American game relies on force. This morning we explored a replica village from the 1500 and saw a Samari fighting demonstration.  The students are getting along wonderfully with both the Japanese students and the students from other colleges–they appear to be making lifelong friends. This weekend we have some free time so I had better practice my singing for another round of faculty Karaoke.

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Chris Bahr
    Jun 07, 2013 @ 13:46:25

    Thanks for sharing, Terese. What a terrific adventure you’re having. Good luck with the karaoke!

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  2. Dr. Darryn Diuguid
    Jun 10, 2013 @ 18:54:41

    Terese,
    Sounds like you’re enjoying the Technos experience! Have fun and be safe! Did you ever think you’d be singing karaoke in Japan one day?

    Darryn

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  3. Sarah Klucker
    Jun 12, 2013 @ 15:40:16

    I think dodgeball is a bully’s game in any culture! :) Glad that everyone is getting along well and that they are learning from one another and establishing friendships the way they are. Hopefully this is a life changing experience for all….just waiting to see the video of the faculty karaoke!

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