I really love all of the random events that Seijo lets their exchange students participate in. Two days ago, Me, Daan, Tom, Sabrina, and Kirsty were invited to the Seijo grade school to make mochi and hang out with the 5-6 year-old students.
As always, taking off your shoes before entering is a necessity, but we also had to wear slippers they had. Sadly, they didn't quite fit Tom.
The children were all very excited, yelling "Yoisho!" every time one of the dads pounded the mochi with a big wooden hammer.
The exchange students and I were sitting down and the children were becoming braver by the minute, pushing each other towards us so their friends were forced to say something. One kid kept on going up to Tom and giving him the stink eye, in which Tom would return the stink eye, and then the kid scampered off. XD
After the kids went upstairs, the dads let us kneed and pound the mochi too. ^___^
We headed inside and upstairs to find that there were a bunch of workers making different kinds of mochi.
Here's the plate of mochi they gave each of us. The top left one was dipped in soy sauce and wrapped in nori. The top right was covered in soy powder (like the mochi Grant bought before that came with mysterious powder that we later found out was the soy powder). The bottom right was anko mochi. Anko is the stuff found in the taiyaki (fish shaped bread dessert) and the manako I had a few days ago.
Here are the students I got to sit with:
After staying about an hour more than expected, we headed out. The problem is, the kids wouldn't let us leave. I was dragged and pushed by a few of the students back into the classroom. This happened 3 times XD. One time, they even barricaded the door:
I asked this girl if I could take a picture of her and she didn't say anything and kept on holding this expression:
After many goodbyes, we were finally able to leave. I headed off to kickboxing and had a pretty darn awesome workout. It was probably the last time I will go there since my tickets are now expired =[. I still have a few left. Bah! But I feel like I learned a lot just from watching the other people train and I was also able to talk with and get to know a few people there. So, it was definitely worth it. ^__^
Yesterday, I met up with Grant's friend who he met through school, Luke. We are both leaving Japan soon and want to venture around as much as possible. We decided to go to Roppongi and then walk to the nearby areas, Azabu-Juban and Hiroo.
We got off the train at Ebisu and walked to Roppongi from there.
This fancy-looking temple was along the way:
I'm so glad we did.
The bowl with the cover on it had fruit, a little piece of mochi, jelly cubes, and anko in it. A.K.A. dessert. The sauce next to it was like a molasses sugar that you could pour over the dessert. Again, really delicious.
When we went up to pay, the worker told us it was Ladies Day and if we paid together, Luke would also get 20% off. Oh man! So this meal was only about $12! O__O
Then, we continued to Roppongi.
Dragon Quest restaurant:
lolol, Bar Milwaukee:
Today, I'll probably go to the gym and then help Christian with another translation. Tomorrow is Okuma's adventure day with the other exchange students in Chuo. Oh gosh. ^___^