Monday, June 30, 2014

Eikando (Zenrinji) and Nanzenji-Temple

After eating lunch in the school area, we went to Eikando (Zenrinji Temple) for which the maple leaf (Momiji) has been famous.

We left Eikando for Nanzenji Temple.  Until the last trip last summer, I would call my mother as she lived closer to the Nanzenji temple.    Now she is in the assisted living community, so I felt a bit sad.

The weather was exceptionally ideal for travelers like us and we all felt good!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

The Koshien Baseball Park Rocks!

Everyone with GTS had the great experience for observing and enjoying Japanese way of cheering at the ball park!

Having fun together with the greatest fanatic crowd was really refreshing!

Everyone gathers and discuss how he or she would spend the First Sunday!

Sunday next week will be Martial Arts Trial for everyone!

Friday, June 27, 2014

The Golden Pavilion in a cloudy day

Yesterday there was heavy shower during the visit to the Rock Garden, and it was almost the same weather today.

Yet, fortunately we were not caught in the rain today and it was rather gorgeous weather for us.  Our lunch was at the different cafeteria in Ritsumeikan University.

Though the Golden Pavilion was not too shinny, 600-year old Bonsai Pine Tree was still energetically welcomed us.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

First day went exceptionally well!

Usually it is difficult for students to successfully commute to school on the first day of the program.

No one got lost this year!  Amazing! We went to the Rock Garden this afternoon after eating lunch at Ritsumeikan University cafeteria.

Right before leaving the Ryoanji-temple (the Rock Garden) heavy shower began pouring so we stayed another half hour before rain would stop.

No bad news on the first day, which is the great sign of another successful year!

The golden pavilion is waiting for us tomorrow!

Monday, June 23, 2014

14 Students and GTS are now heading to Japan!

GTS is now ready for going to Japan with 14 students.  All Nippon Airways will carry us to NARITA where we will stay over night before heading to Osaka and Kyoto.

Once we arrived the Kyoto International Academy, 2 will join from China, One from France and another from UK will join our group!

We will have a fun educational Trip!!

See you from Japan!