The worldwide group referred to as Rotary promotes yearly journey that every one individuals between the ages of 26 and 40, female and male, and of all backgrounds – ought to learn about – as a result of it’s a Rotary-funded six week examine aboard and anybody can apply to be part of this important life expertise. If you’re this age group – you may benefit from the sort of expertise that’s described in my notes on this article. To search out out extra about this system go to the worldwide Rotary web site and seek for GSE – Group Examine Trade – and speak to your native Rotary Membership for extra info.
Our adventures continued:
April 18th – Monday:
Like birds – all of us flew at the moment – Monica San off to Dentsu Kyusyu Inc., Antonio San to Fukuoka Air Site visitors Management, Julia San to Dentsu additionally, and Harry San to Fukuoka Municipal Hearth Authorities – and all went to Mika San’s Rotary Membership for lunch.
I grew to become Japanese at the moment: I took the practice all on my own to Ogori – together with a switch in Kurume Metropolis. Again to the Tanaka’s, Hiroshi, Ai and I headed for Hiroshi’s Rotary Membership – and guess what? – they’ve, sure, three girls – so good. That is the Ogori Rotary Membership – and the ladies are very glad to see me – so pleasant that they convey me presents of incense and writing papers and candy Japanese desserts. I spoke for about thirty minutes and there have been questions on how Rotary works for us in America.
Afterwards, Teiko and I received the practice to go to Fukuoka to take a look at japanese pearls – costly – far more than I’d have thought. Aya, her daughter, joined us on the well-known pearl store and we noticed many stunning (costly) picks – however we have been simply trying at the moment. Teiko left, and Aya and I ended at Seattle Espresso for a Cappuccino – and commenced a protracted dialog concerning the lifetime of a youthful girl in Japan, males right here and marriage – and a few challenges for the independence that she experiences as a enterprise proprietor and spouse right here. We picked up Momo, her daughter, on the Kindergarten – the cutest bunch of youngsters – and stopped in an space that appeared like Los Gatos (my residence) for Gelato – Momo preferred the Japanese mint sort. We drove via the streets of Fukuoka to Aya’s home. Fukuoka is hilly – and their home sits amongst others tightly on a hill facet – and goes up like the daddy, son and holy ghost homes in Philadelphia. Aya owns a kitchen store that she patterned after one in Santa Cruz, California, The Chef’s Works, when she lived there with a bunch household for a month. Her brother and sister have lived with host households everywhere in the world – together with Australia and America – and prize these experiences. Aya has a lime inexperienced Toyota – very cute – and now we’re off to my favourite spot – simply depart me right here in Japan – the new springs. This one is gorgeous – we stroll via the sliding doorways, take our sneakers off – and bow to be seated within the café – for a dinner of curried rooster and rice, salad and fried shrimp – beer in fact. Aya, Momo and I skipped off to the baths, girls’s facet – and bare in fact – and tried the entire swimming pools exterior beginning on the backside and climbing the steps to the upper wood tubs and swimming pools, full of the new mineral water. Together with a Japanese therapeutic massage – I’m a brand new girl.
April 19th – Tuesday:
In Japan: bogs go up and down by themselves, males dye their hair: as a result of gray will not be modern, and furnishings (apart from tables) will not be effectively made: as a result of sitting on the ground would not require a lot apart from tatami mats. Again on the hairdressers on the town for a fast hair wash – they put one thing unknown on my hair and it turned pink in locations – new trend for me I suppose.
Trade some cash – and again on the Tanaka’s – the place Seiko and Toshio Kobaysashi picked us up -and we have been going by automotive to go to Mr. Kobayashi’s firm, Fukuoka Knit Co. in Chikushino. Since I’m most appreciative of world-wide yarns and the way a lot may be achieved with a single thread – I used to be fascinated by all the attractive items that they make. His firm makes girls’s put on for high designers – and sells the fashions within the Japanese market, and in New York. They knit, crochet, design for designers, hand sew, and assemble – with a lot of the manufacturing in Shanghais (the place they’ve 500 staff). Superb – on a Polycom cellphone (silicon valley product) we referred to as up China (moshi-moshi) and talked immediately with the manufacturing facility – not solely did we see the individuals there and have a traditional dialog, however the digital camera may focus in so effectively that we may see the knit within the sew – fantastic. We joked on the cellphone as a result of I can knit they provided me a job – a lot to see and would like to take their invitation to go to in them in China. Toshio took many photos, and gave me three pretty shirts – I took them out of the bag to see – and Seiko insisted on refolding them for me as a result of they’ve such a way of perfection. We had Japanese tea and sweets after we arrived, and completed with cappuccino within the foyer – with all of the knits and threads of various types and orchids that have been stunning. As Toshio confirmed us the workplace constructing, it was solely orderly and wonderful – every merchandise folded and no mess – I questioned how they every determine to be so considerate – and it invited me to contemplate how I’m touching the world round me. I questioned if I may very well be extra gracious in my actions. Nobody is in a rush right here – that will be rude to hurry one other. Perhaps it is as a result of the bogs seats are heat right here that persons are calm. Antonio is most excited as a result of this week we’re going to go to the manufacturing facility the place they make this uncommon merchandise (the bathroom) – typically with distant management flush.
Kobayashi took us to a beautiful lunch – served on a scorching griddle, and one thing that appeared like a hamburger with bar-b-que sauce, rice and greens – we’re in abundance. The crew has too sayings – “we make it up as we go alongside” – and we’re so gifted that so long as there’s a patch of grass, we might simply be joyful to sleep in it (this helps after we’re undecided what’s subsequent in host households). No issues – journey is in good palms. Tonight Antonio is in Chikugo, Monica is in Yanagawa (like me), Harry is in Omuta, and likewise Julia. I am delighted on the Tachiabana’s as a result of we’ve dinner at residence, and sit for a protracted dialog – about all of the weekend occasions and our lives in Japan and America.
This text is a collection — so learn on — and lots of days observe in our splendid journey!