Sunday, May 20, 2012

King Kong?!

Quick catch-up for this week:

Today, we volunteered in Koriyama teaching English to high school students who were strongly affected by last year's earthquake/tsunami/radiation. These students will be doing a three-week trip to San Francisco in the summer, so we spent a few hours today preparing them with the English they will need for their trip. The students were very energetic and excited to learn, so it made for a really fun day. We didn't get any pictures, which was so silly, but my favorite moment of the day was while my class was playing Pictionary with city vocabulary (post office, hospital, school, etc.). I gave the two "artists" the word "bank." One "artist" didn't know what the word meant, so I translated it for her - "ginkou." Her face lit up like she understood, so I said, "ready - go!" Apparently, my Japanese needs a little bit more help because she started drawing a strange animal on the board. When we asked her what she was doing, she said, "I thought you said King Kong!" Ha!

Ok, a few events where we actually did take pictures:

James had a guys'-night-out with the elders quorum in the branch. They went out for ramen and had a fun time.

On Saturday, we ran to one of James's elementary schools, where they were having a sports event. This event is mandatory for all the students and looked like a fun activity. 

We are training for a half marathon in the fall and have found some really beautiful places to run. One of my favorite places is through the newly-planted rice fields like this one.
Until next week! Love to all of our family and friends!

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