tanabata, shirahama (a deja-vu moment)

the Japanese summer wish-making festival, based on a japanese folk tale.
Make a wish by writing it on a coloured piece of paper, and tie it to a bamboo stalk on or before July 7th. on the evening of the 7th, we burn these bamboo stalks in the hopes that the smoke will carry the wishes to the stars. my wish was to live permanently in japan, but days later I wanted take it back and wish not to sweat so much. do you have any idea how hot it is here? when I walk out of an air conditioned room, it is like walking into a sauna. anyhow... my wish is made and that's that :) I guess I'm doomed to be sweaty forever in japan!
at the classroom we did wishes in english with the kids. for the younger ones we had them write what they wanted to be when they grow up.

this little boy wants to be a dinosaur.
(I do, too.)

the finished wish tree

after that, I had to burn the wishes. gladly... I will burn these wishes... hee hee

As a certain N. Furtado would croon, fire to ashes, all good things come to an end, amiright?

the next day (july 8) we went to shirahama and I got my swim on.

we did some sightseeing! shirahama is a delightful little summery town

this is where I had a deja-vu moment. exactly 3 years and 11 months ago I came to this spot with Machiko and some others. there was a shop there giving out kombucha samples. I drank the same kombucha given to me by the same man as 3 years and 11 months ago. it was a complete trip. my only regret is not wearing the exact same outfit (pants and t-shirt, which would have been too hot anyhow)

by the way, this is Tatsuya--he used to teach at the JEC in van.
he's staying at our classroom for 1 month to help out and learn how to be an english teacher.

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