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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

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Not your average doll

Our Wednesday started with a tour of a Japanese Doll Museum. They were displayed beautifully and depicted many different time periods. There was everything from "barbie" size to very large life-size dolls. The dolls that were available for purchase ranged anywhere from $250 - $2,000 and up to $10,000 for one with extras. (These gifts are only given on very important dates like a child’s first birthday.)

Then we were off to a presentation at a very prestigious club. We were given a very warm welcome and it seems as though everyone enjoyed our presentation. We exchanged our sponsoring Rotary Club flags as well.

The afternoon started with a trip for Ben and Rosie to a publishing and printing company, MIC Group. They do everything from sales to design to printing and they publish any type of magazine and book you can think of. They are a very large company and have been around for over 105 years. It was a great vocational visit.

Evonne, Rebecca and Julie went to a home for the disabled and another home for the elderly. The facillites were extremely bright and cheery and the patients were all well-attended to. Our next stop was to Fuji Plants, a carnation hybrid-growing company owened by Suzuki-san, a fellow Rotarian. We left there with a beautiful bouquet of carnations and even brought bouquets to Rosie and Ben.

Then we were obliged to be a part of a traditional Japanese Green Tea Powder Ceremony. It was very interesting. We learned a lot… from how to hold and turn the cup and mix the tea to how the tea is grown and that the cost of it - 20g of tea is about the same price as 20g of silver.
Our hosts here in Japan have been very gracious and very accommodating. We've had a wonderful time and appreciate all the work they've put into our exchange!

1 comment:

  1. I love that we can follow you on this journey! Thanks for the updates. Checking your blog has become part of my morning routine.

    Amy Saeland
    Bemidji Rotary