Japan Field Trip
Mon. Mar 9 Local time
Together with Jenny, Andy and Serena
Today we had a great day in Kyoto streets with plenty of markets and food to eat. Our second Scavenger Hunt’s targets were 1) Asking someone else with Kimono and take a photo with them 2) Advertisement replica 3) Souvenirs for our parents 4) Five different flavor but same type of food 5) Ask some one else to take a group picture of us four. We first went to a small Ramen restaurant and had a delicious meal. Then we asked the waitress to help us take a group picture. After that we walked around the streets trying to find some advertisement. We also took a picture of five different flavor food in a Local Food Shop. Fortunately we saw two women with Kimono too and took a picture with them.
Continue walking we mimicked an advertisement about the Disney movie “Frozen”. We also stopped by a cake restaurant and had some desserts. Eventually we headed our way back to the hotel. We were so tired but had so much fun.
Chris (with Jenny, Andy and Serena)
Salt being cultivated from the sea
Liam and Jin grinding rice for mochi
Cole and his mochi
Andy with his new friends
Mami and Kerrie
The teachers didn’t make it out safely!
Andy with his new friends
East meets West
Expressions of gratitude for a wonderful day
Jessica Krenz and Mael Oujaddou
On a rainy morning of March our dear Ross students and wonderful chaperones went to a traditional salt field. There, we learned to basic process for the creation of salt. We also had the chance to taste pure calcium but some of us decided to abstain from that proposition. Afterwards, the whole group went for lunch to a seafood restaurant on the shore. All the students were able to cook their own food, which consisted of: oysters, calamari, shrimps, octopus and other different kinds of seafood and seaweeds. By this wonderful experience we discovered that oysters could be used as explosive due to the fact that some of the oysters left unattended exploded under the heat and pressure.
Afterwards we went to a school to enjoy a demonstration of Kizuna which is a Japanese traditional style of drumming involving a lot of aerobic movement and coordination. The student who performed for us were the JV team of Nijo High School. Their demonstration was beyond belief, the moves were perfectly coordinated and all the students gave a 101% of themselves. All Ross school students were impressed as the beat went through their bodies.
Later on that day we went to a local community center. There, we learned how to make the traditional and delicious snack called Mochi. We were helped by local students and had the greatest time ! Even thought a language barrier was standing between us we found a way to communicate and were able to enjoy each others company. After making the Mochi, we ate it and afterwards followed the greatest flour fight in the history of the Ross School. All students from both countries decided to start a major battle using only flour as their weapon. Nobody escaped this war–not even the teachers!
On that evening all students from both countries came altogether outside to watch the stars and learn about constellations. We were able to observe Orion’s belt and other amazing stars and planets. We then conclude the evening by saying goodbye to everyone and taking an enraging amount of selfies…
And another sets in the wonderful country of Japan
Chris Xu, Jessica Krenz, Andy Long and Mael Oujaddou
On the third day of our amazing field academy, our team was left to its instinct and Japanese skills to direct and collect, photograph and communicate with it’s surrounding in the city of Okayama. Every group was given a list of objects to buy and multiple sentences to say to complete strangers. Those sentences regarded mostly the permission of taking a picture with the said stranger. As the groups dispersed, we had 2 hours to complete all 15 tasks and return to the hotel.
Finding the objects was simple task. However, asking complete strangers from all ages to take a picture with us was quite an adventure. As westerners our small group equipped with our cameras were running around Okayama asking people if we were able to take a picture with them. The results of that question were priceless especially with elderly people. We also had to imitate a Japanese commercial and take a picture of it, Jessica being a flawless model decided to do this part of the scavenger hunt. Another tricky part of our adventure was to greet people and get a positive greeting back, Japanese being extremely polite would always reply. However, Japanese uses a lot of body language so the people would either bow our wave their hands incapacitating us to get the point.
After 2 long hours of struggle and Japanese language butchering team Bushido was able to complete 14 tasks, which was a great victory for our tired souls. Afterwards every team went for dinner, our team decided to try the deliciousness of Udong noodles and was more than satisfied were their meal.
Another day has set on the great country of Japan, keeping us craving for more!