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Japanese Graduation

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One of my favorite students, Mariko, graduated from university today and I went to see her. In Japan, no one is allowed into the actual ceremony, so we must wait outside until it's finished. All the girls were beautiful hakamas, a type of kimono, and the boys wear suits or a male kimono. I was just surrounded by beautiful people.

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Sunrise

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Of course living in a foreign country is full of fun, excitement and adventure, but it's also pretty tough at times. But whose life doesn't include some negatives here and there. The best way I could think of at the moment to supress some negatives would be to focus on some beautiful moments like this one I had early the other morning.

No matter what happened in just your day or in your whole life, the sun does always rise again the next morning. And maybe, if you're paying attention and keep your eyes open, you can catch something wonderful like this when you least expect it.

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Sushi!!

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I just had my first sushi-making lesson. It's really hard but after a couple of tries I think I can get the hang of it. This is Akiko, my cooking sensei's recipe for California rolls. Oishiiiiii!!!

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Tea Ceremony

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I went to a tea ceremony festival last month at the castle near my apartment (how cool is that sentence, really). Here are some pictures from that. So many women were dressed up in their best kimonos and of course were constantly in formal manner. Several of our older women students are pretty well-known tea ceremony teachers in the area.

We actually sat inside a tent and watched the whole process, then, they served us the matcha (ceremonial green tea) and Japanese sweets. Matcha is a little bitter and thick, and our sweets were made from sweet potatoes. Sounds weird, but it was really good!

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Mount Daisen in Autumn

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I hiked Daisen again last week and the fall colors are incredible!

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