Day 4: Tokushima

Today was another early start to a long day beginning around 8am where we all met a hotel to get on the bus. We took a ride over to their famous whirlpools. Under the largetst bridge in Japan there is a lookout area with a glass bottom floor so you can see the whirlpools. Unfortunately when we got there, there were no whirlpools. Immediatly after that we were on our way to lunch. This time it was at a place called Halleluah Sweet Shop which is owned by a fellow Rotarian. There we indulged in a fabulous buffet with all different types of food. Once again the students where quite open minded about what they are eating which is great.

After lunch we made our way over to Toko Highschool. Here, our students participated in an English class. The Japanese students were so happy to see us Americans and gave us a good welcoming. After “class” the students were broken up into groups including archery, caligraphy, tea ceremony, and music. I visited each of theses classes and was very impressed on how the Japanese students were teaching our American students, their English is very good.

When it was time to leave we found out that one of the students was very homesick and wanted to go home. We had her call her parents from the hotel but they refused to pay for a plane ticket home. Hearing that conversation was heart breaking. After a few changes to the room stays, we were able to put her with her best friend for the duration of the trip.

At night, I went to dinner with my host family in honor of a long term exchange student that stayed with them. There was about 20 people at this dinner including 2 of my students. We had a lot of different food at this dinner including squid and mango yogurt which was yummy.

This day ended with a great nights sleep.