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Next week is fast approaching!Beach Cleanup&BBQ

This time、we'll take a look at last year and the year before's cleanups

These are cell phone pics so they aren't very clear。。。(sorry about that。)
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Last year about 50 people participated!

After about two hours we got this much trash↓↓↓↓

At first glance, Miyuki-ga-hama looks pretty clean but it seems like that's not the case。。。

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Families even pitched in to help。


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After the trash pickup, Odawara's own Mohammed treated us to some kebabs and Turkish food。

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This is a pretty rare, but truly delicious treat!!

(This year Mohammed had kebabs、but for lunch we might make hamburgers!)

Incidentally, two years ago, we held this event when the Chula Vista delegates were here。

Here's a bit of that↓↓↓


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We're planning such fun and eco-friendly international cultural exchanges. Join the fun!!

Deadline to sign up is Thursday!!

taka
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August 19, 2010posted by odawarakokusai
Beach Cleanup&BBQ☆ OIFA
Hello☆

It's been a while since we've updated this thing~

The other day、Chula Vista delegates returned & Odawara delegates went to America! is what we said last time, but。。。。

Today, the Odawara delegation has ended its business in Chula Vista、and made their triumphant return!!

The events and activities in Chula Vista will be introduced next time。

Now then, introducing OIFA's September activity

『Beach Cleanup & BBQ』

It's a yearly tradition☆

Via beach cleaning, won't you enjoy International Exchange with us

For more details, see the flyer below!!
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Every year about 50 participate!

At the heart of Odawara's Miyuki-no-hama Beach!!

Let's pick up those little guys (trash) born from drifts and sea bathing!!

Next time we'll put up last year's pics~


taka
2010 delegate Miku has sent us a update~!

"Since we got here, we got to meet Mayor Cheryl Cox、visited the police station、fire station、library and more.
The days are packed^^"



Hearing those words reminded me of my delegation's experience in Chula Vista。
Ah, a picture of us in front of the fire station、

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We were surprised by the number of Manga in the library!

Why did they choose the Kanji character for "congratulations" and "long life?" lol (笑)
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Miku uploaded some pics for us^^


This is the fire station trip。
They got to try on real fireman's outfits it seems。
Gabe's got the right body for this one. It suits him!(笑)
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Chris is wearing a bullet-proof vest。

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Lookin' good, huh?



This is where they met the Chula Vista mayor CherylCox。

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Young people learning to play the Japanese taiko drum。

Actually, I've never done that before。

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But it looks like fun!



Seems they've had a lot of fun despite the heat(゚Д゚)

Speaking of heat, Chula Vista is in a very dry and hot part of California.
Sometimes because of that, wildfires break out around there。

Unimaginable in very humid Japan, right?


Incidentally, San Diego County, California averages about 20 degree temperatures。
It may still get a little chilly, sometimes。
Must be a very comfortable place to live, though!
I really want go there! Tomorrow, even!^^

No time nor money, though!(゚Д゚)


That was the recent reportpart1!

Hiroaki.
The day they left

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Mariano、Chris、Gabe。
Upon seeing them, you get such strong feelings。
You could sense that the three of them loved people、loved Japan。




Mariano was the most energetic of the three.
He'd wander off before you'd realize、
and find himself lost sometimes! haha

But that just showed how much interest he had in Japan、and that made us all very happy。

His partner Haruka and he got a long well,
but she was no match for him! lol(笑)

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Chris is a kid who loves Japanese music and comedy。
When they arrived at Odawara station on the 22nd, he was the shiest of the bunch, but after a while, during the many events of the trip, he gradually opened up and became quite assertive!

nande ya nen!!naitehen wa!
Quite often spouting these Osaka-dialect Japanese phrases、he learned so much、he became a master of Osaka-ben^^(笑)

It was a perfect pairing with Rumina。
When Rumina misplaced her cell phone, Chris quickly said something that reminded her of exactly where it was。
Chris' intuition was spot on! Well, most likely。

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Gabe!
At first glance, he's kinda scary-looking、but the truth is he's so gentle and a handsome guy。
His partner, Chihiro's family said the same thing。

Every time you meet him, you get a hearty welcome、
always up for anything・・・even Karaoke was outrageous!(゚Д゚)ノ(笑)

He always took others into consideration, Chula Vista delegation's manager!
At least, that was my impression。

How does he communicate with Chihiro, I wonder?
Well, she also is a high energy type, so I bet it's really fun!^^(笑)

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Two weeks is just not enough time to learn all about Japan, most likely.
It was probably enough, though, to jumpstart their interest and desire to learn more about Japan, we hope。


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August 4th 10:30am, they're off。

Goodbye all!

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lol

Presently, with the Odawara delegation, they're doing events in Chula Vista。
We got high hopes for the girls and their exchange!Don't we?!

We hope next time we can get a report from the girls in Chula Vista。



Finally, videos of the three and their Sayonaras!

Chris

http://vision.ameba.jp/watch.do?movie=2891141

Gabe

http://vision.ameba.jp/watch.do?movie=2891184

Mariano

http://vision.ameba.jp/watch.do?movie=2891218

Hiroaki。

Sadly, the Odawara-Chula Vista Exchange is drawing nearer to the conclusion!
The final event in Japan!

We are sending off the delegates from both sides, who shared two weeks together in Odawara, to Chula Vista for two more weeks.
It's the「Sayonara Party」!(≧▽≦)♪

The Vice Mayor of Odawara, City Hall staff members, host families were there.
Others including those of us in OIFA (Odawara International Friendship Association) were also in attendance.

It's the Sayonara Party!Everyone gather 'round!★
・・・excuse me. I got a little excited...w(笑)

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From Odawara city、「Sister City Friendship Ambassador Certificate」and「memento」presentation。↓

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Carefully watching over the youth。↓
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The very sentimental「Host Family Remarks」touched our hearts。

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These past two weeks, the host families and the Chula vista delegates shared so much.

For some host families, it was their first time hosting, others showed their initial anxiety over hosting guests over 21...(((( ;°Д°))))

Those worries, however, were gradually replaced with big smiles by the time spent these past two weeks.^^♪


・・・・Such friendly Chula Vista delegates, did you feel like part of the family?

・・・・Through this exchange, sharing culture and communication, did you get a deeper understanding of each other?

Only two weeks, but memories and experiences were made here that will last a lifetime.
That much was made clear that night。。。。
The「Host Family Remarks」were so heartwarming。・°・(ノД`)・°・

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Also, the Odawara delegates'「Aspiration Speeches」made me cry!!!
・・・I want to learn about Chula Vista's goodness!
・・・I want to tell of Odawara's goodness!
These sentiments overflowed!!(o^-')b

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oh!
And suddenly we have「NiNin Haori Tiiiiiiime★」↑above

NiNin Haori is more difficult than it looks!!!!!
The friendship between the delegations was duly expressed!★

*☆*:;;;:*☆*:;;;:゚・*:.。..。.:*・゚゚・*:.。..。.:*・゚ ゚・*:.。..。.:*・゚゚・*:.。..。.:*・゚

Both delegations built trust!o(〃^▽^〃)o

With two weeks experience in Japan under your belt, do your best in Chula Vista!!

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It may be my opinion as a former delegate^^
I'm so jealous because it looks like you'll have a great time!★
I was struck by your incredibly hardworking appearance!

2008 delegate LISA・M
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