The other day I ended up having dinner with both Hitomi and Yuka, but we hadn't really planned it. It was all a nice coincidence and it was great seeing them both. The day after that, two other graduates showed up in my office and they also know each other as they graduated the same year. I only have a photo of Yuka--sorry!
Professor Shigematsu brought 21 students from UCR to the Togane campus on Thursday for a day of Japanese experiences. We started the day making Chiba-style makizushi--and had them for lunch. After that they visited our tea ceremony room and enjoyed some tea. Before joining the kendo practice hour, they also took part in a short "furoshiki" workshop. It was a very brief visit but I think everyone tried to get the most out of it.
They made cherries and roses--so beautiful and so tasty!
On July 2 we had an orientation session for the parents of the students going abroad on long-term programs from August. There were more than 120 participants. Students who have already studied abroad answered questions by students and parents. I hope everyone will take advantage of their programs and will return to Japan more mature, more experienced and in good health next year.