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.