Homestay visits - Bryan, Jesse D, John, Joseph, and Kyle get to ride bikes, pretend to ride tractors, and help Urakawa-san at the rice farm he works for his neighbor’s family.
Homestay visits - Adrienne, Claire, Morgan, and Sara were napping when we got to Satoh-san’s home, then Satoh-san fed us all the mochi ever.
Homestay visits - Ashley, Carly, Jess, and Zaria learn to plant barley with Takahashi-san.
Homestay visits in Oshu City - Aisawa-san teaches Barbarae, Kolbi, Merin, and Vivian to make paper.
Nifty things about our hotel in Oshu City - Samurai castle up on the hill next door (now a museum, but it was closed while we were there). Also, my room key thingy was pretty.
A few shots from the day the students met their host families before the farm stay in Oshu City.
Some random shots around the Hanamaki Agricultural High School, including a statue of Miyazawa Kenji, the boys showing off their enormous American feet, and the camera crew who filmed our visit for the news.
Sitting in on a science class at the Hanamaki Agricultural High School, where we got to learn to use murasaki root to dye fabric.
More of the cooking class at the Hanamaki Agricultural High School, and the finished product (which was delicious).
Cooking class at the Hanamaki Agricultural High School. The students made our lunch - little “burgers” of fish, bamboo shoots, carrots, onions, umeboshi plums, and tufo, and a soup with veggies and little millet/flour dumpling thingies.
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