Three weeks have passed since the start of Summer Program 2012. The students experienced a variety of Japanese culture during the 3 weeks.
On June 23th, the students went on a bus trip to Oga Peninsula. They went to the GAO aquarium . They enjoyed watching fish, polar bears and many creatures of the sea. Then, they went to “Oga Shinzan Museum” where they experienced Namahage , a unique event observed from ancient times in the Oga Peninsula. They enjoyed Namahage events. Namahage in Japanese folklore tradition is a demonlike being impersonated by men wearing oversized ogre masks and traditional straw capes during a New Year’s ritual of the Oga Peninsula area.
On June 29th, the students experienced wearing Kimono. It was the first time for many students to wear a Kimono. They had a hard time putting on the Kimono but they enjoyed it.
There were many other events for the students in three weeks. They experienced Aikido, Kabuki , and cultural exchange party with local elementary school children. They also took part in Tea Ceremony on July 9th.
There are 3 weeks left to the Summer Program 2012. Students are going to experience Taiko, Zazen, Calligraphy and a field trip to Kakunodate. We hope the students make the best of their remaining time in Akita.