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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

Thursday, November 5, 2009

My chance to wear a Kimono

All of our Rotarian host families have done a wonderful job to ensure that we learn about the culture of Japan, in between making sure we get to our meetings on time, taking us site-seeing, cooking for us, entertaining us and of course, providing vocational visits.

Last night, I (Julie) was given the opportunity by my host family (Jutaro, Natsumi and Noriko) to dress in a traditional Japanese Kimono. I had no idea what was involved in dressing in a Kimono - there are several layers! Thank goodness, a professional was there to help me. The process overall took about one hour to complete. Afterwards my host family treated me to a traditional tea ceremony and traditional Japanese dinner (sukiyaki).

A big thank you to all of our hosts who are doing a fantastic job!


  1. Thank you so much for the wonderful updates GSE Team Japan! That's my mission first thing every morning to check your site! Sounds like you're all having an "adventure of a lifetime"!! (Rosie's mother-in-law)

  2. I too check every day, and it is a thrill, I swear!

    Remember, there is equal parts YOU that make this an 'adventure of a lifetime', so make sure you do what you can for yourself, your hosts, and your teammates to ensure just that! Have a GREAT time!

  3. Julie said, Does my Bum look big in this Kimono?

  4. bestest Cuz Said, No No No erm No!!!

  5. Julie - you look absolutely fa-a-a-abulous in a kimono. I expect dress code when you get back to work.

  6. sorry about that julie it's all this cousin paul of yours(dad) , ( Rach Speaking )
    and i have to agree it does look huge , Only Joking ,
    glad your having a good time,
    can you keep the kimono? , x

  7. Julie those kimono photos are incredible - you look beautiful AND it looks like it takes a lot of work LOL - not quite jeans and sweatshirt easy :D