Day 22/35 – Thursday July 24th
Today was the last day of intensive classes in the study component of the program. The beginner level class has reached chapter 15 of “Minna no Nihongo Book 1”, not bad progress at all for 3 weeks.
They should be able to reach chapter 19 by the end of the study tour component of the program (August 6th), but from chapter 20 onwards, will need some professional assistance. Over to you, hard working teachers of Japanese abroad.
Lunch was a long lazy all-you-can-eat yakiniku. It was tabehoudai, with a lot of beef, never enough onions and garlic, some surprisingly decent sushi, and possibly way too much ice cream. We were joined at lunch by Yumiko-sensei. The students are really quickly improving their conversational proficiency.
After the ice cream etc, we hit the kanji. Today was unit 10:
Then it was time to head off to the airport. All members of the intensive study component of the program are continuing on, but joined by 9 new participants arriving for the study tour component. The flights arrived on time, and all arrived well, albeit tired. No lost luggage. No problems at all.
Not a single chance for Declan to order Atlantic Lobster, Tomato & Potherb Bisque (オマール海老のビスク). He doesn’t need it, but is still noisily complaining about it. Should just shut his face.
The trip from Nagoya airport to JR Okazaki takes about 80 minutes depending on the traffic. Although many of the participants were tired and you couldn’t see much due to darkness, they were happy and chatty.
After arrival in Okazaki, everyone was personally introduced to their host families (there was a lot of hugging when the “repeat” customers met their host families from last year – it can be difficult, but we try to keep the connections), and all are safely home for the night. Photos later. Time for some sleep.
Tomorrow is a slowish “Shopping & Sumo” day, with a special guest (a secret for now). By Monday the new arrivals should be over their jet lag and somewhat acclimatized, and then we will step up the pace.
One last thing for tonight, wherever you are, an enormous THANK YOU!!! THANK YOU!!! to every single person who has helped make this program possible. It is a rare chance to create something new, unique, and focused. It could never have been done without your valued help and support.