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5/5/2012

arriving just before 10am using my new voice over-ed gps (it is now in japanese:) i put myself into full swing.  i debated for the longest time on how to address the fact that i had never done much origami, much less teach others.  but, that is what we are told as teachers.  when a novice teaches another, then the teacher advances in level.  so, i told the organizer on how i had done the kabuto with origami paper, but not newspaper, just like a good leader, he took the time with patience to teach me.  after successfully doing it i went and greeted the assistants all ready there.  i quickly took it upon myself to help with the mochi making, too.  so, not only will there be pictures of me teaching children the kabuto, but also of me helping make the meal.

throughout the day i taught with patience and a lot of praise to many children how to make the kabuto.  i got lots of thank yous.  i even got some people who said thank you in japanese.  i wonder, “did they think i was japanese?”  the bridge is set in motion.  i used both english and japanese.  

what i learned primarily is that i am very good with children.  when the older ones wanted just a newspaper sword, i had been told they were for the younger children, i simply asked them to make a samurai helmet, too.  they went together.  some had the patience and did so, but others turned around.  in other words, i used my creative phrasing to not discourage what they wanted, but rather said it in a way that the choice was up to them:)

as i said, pictures will be coming soon.

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About charleswinstead

having lived in japan for 3.5 years i wish to "go back to the island" as often as i can. i lived from 1999-2003. i went back in 2007, then again in 2011. i am a full time teacher, so the best time to go for me is during the summer vacation. it works out well because i love the sensational feelings i get in japan during the summer...especially playing taiko and eating lots of ma-cha ice.

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