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Share our Excitement & Join our Journey

Welcome to the travel blog of Rotary District 5580's Group Study Exchange (GSE) Team which will embark on an exciting five week goodwill / vocational exchange to Nagoya, Japan in November, 2009.

Here, our hybrid American-Canadian team of enthusiastic and adventurous young professionals, along with our lovely, talented and fearless team leader, will share cultural experiences and engage in unique vocational learning opportunities.

If you have come to this site, you are likely: a Rotarian, family member, friend or colleague of one of the team members, or... are just plain blog-curious. Either way, we encourage you to check our site often to learn about us, follow our progress as a team and of course, keep in touch as we explore Japan.

We thank Rotary in advance for the adventure of a life time and to all readers, we invite you to share our excitement and join our journey.


GSE Team Japan 2009








GSEチーム ジャパン 2009

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Explain This...Air Hockey and Japanese Drums (by Julie)

As mentioned before, the week I shared with my host family (the Okazaki family) was absolutely wonderful. In addition to wearing a kimono, I was able to try a number of traditional Japanese meals. We also spent some time at the "amusement park". Jutaro (host father), Natsumi (host mother) and I challenged one another to games of Japanese drums (a downsized version of guitar hero...with drums) and air / table hockey. Jutaro beat me quite badly at air / table hockey and I on the other hand, was the champion Japanese drummer.....hmmm.....can anyone make sense out of that??? ; )
To end my stay at the Okazaki family, I was treated to a delicious farewell dinner cooked by Noriko. Since the meal was half Japanese and Italian, we dubbed it "Japalianese". Yumi and Noriko also gave me an new Japanese name - Canico.
A big thanks to the entire family for such fun and hospitality!


  1. Congratulations on a great first week on your exchange. The postings are terrific. But do you ever get any "down" time?

    A small suggestion - to start each blog with the author's name. There are references to "I" and "my", but we're not always sure who that is.

    Thanks - and keep up the great work.

  2. awesome pic of you on the drums Julie, LOL!!

  3. Julie you are a Rock Star!!! I am so proud. Hugs...Mandi