Okay so I've been gone for a while. Life has been a little crazy. But things are good! I went up to Columbus to see my sister and her Husband Larry and to go to the pumpkin show which I will talk more about another day and then I went to Japan for CKU! It was amazing. And since I have so much to talk about I thought I'd do it one day at a time so today I'll show a few pictures from day one. Don't worry I was really only there for three days so, it won't be to long.
I got there the night before it began and after getting lost and then rescued by my Translator Kumi and Mr. Hanaoka and his assistant Sachi. I got to the hotel and slept well the first night. Plus I totally have to admit that I loved the feeling of finding a place where my height is the norm. I felt like I fit right in and all the sinks, counters, shower, and everything were my size.
Here is the view from my hotel room. Tokyo is a large, large city.
I have to admit I was a little nervous the first day of teaching but everything went so smoothly and the students were AMAZING. So kind and very dedicated to following everything you said to a tee. My Translator was so great. And my T. A. was the best T. A. I have ever had. I also have to say that I have never in my life been in so many pictures! Here is a shot that Kumi took with my camera. After class I was surrounded by students waiting to talk and take pictures and they were all so cool that I made everyone stop so that we could get a picture together!
We had three classes that day and then Imaginisce distributor Soh Hanaoka and Sachi took Nicole, Suki and Kumi out to dinner at a formal Japanese restaurant. There was so much food. It was just like you would imagine. We sat in a small screened in room on the floor. The waitress was in a traditional outfit. The fun thing is that they bring in food and you cook it in a pot on your table. Here are a few pictures.
The picture to the right is Puffer fish, which is a delicacy in Japan. Because it is poisonous it has to be prepared by a registered chef. I actually tasted really good. Then they brought out trays of meat and a bowl of vegetables that you cook to your liking.