Fall in Okazaki

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In Virginia we would revel in the beauty of the fall leaves. Typically this would occur around the 23 of October. In Japan we were surprised to see how beautiful the leaves are, but instead of occurring in October it … Continued

Learning the Culture – Part 2 of 3

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During out two week break from language school a Japanese friend suggested we visit the Okazaki (the town we live) Castle and eat at a famous tofu restaurant on the grounds. As we toured I was saddened with how distant … Continued

Learning the Culture – Part 1 of 3

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At our school there is an annual “matsuri” or festival held. It is a time of games, speech contests, food, entertainment and really an opportunity to enjoy time together.  (A “matsuri” is typically an annual event held in all towns/schools … Continued

Trip to Gamagori

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This past weekend we went to Gamagori with some Japanese friends. Our family benefited from a company discount and appreciated such wonderful guides. We stayed in a traditional Japanese hotel/onsen (Japanese hot tub.) On Saturday we toured Takashima Island which … Continued

Currency and Why it Matters

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We had no idea that when we became missionaries we would be so interested in international currency. We know very little about economics…especially when it comes to currency, but we do know it affects us everyday. Let’s play with some … Continued