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2014 ASAHI BLADES DAY10

This morning came early especially for those at the Onsen who may have seen the sunrise. The bus of walking dead escorted by Taki and Larry arrived at the Prince Hotel to gather the reluctant-to-leave Entourage.

2014 ASAHI BLADES DAY9

Shopping day today to get those last minute souvenirs. We were met at the mall by the very friendly JCIH Volunteer squad who came out to help us shop. The team was looking tired, apparently a late night was had by all on Team Canada.

2014 ASAHI BLADES DAY8

This morning it appears that some of the parents have been invaded by the Kushiro Mist celebrated at the festival. Or it was the fabulous shabu-shabu and sukiyaki dinner with the free-pouring glacier sake and biru (beer-u).

2014 ASAHI BLADES DAY7

Saturday morning brings Game 3 for the Asahi Blades against Hokkai High School Hockey team at 10am. The boys are looking a little foggy, similar to the sky at the festival last night.

2014 ASAHI BLADES DAY6

Our two groups met this morning at the Bushukan High School. We donned our green slippers and proceeded to the English classroom for our welcome greeting and daily schedule from two students practicing their English.

2014 ASAHI BLADES DAY5

Today, we had a 10:00am engagement with the Mayor. The Blades arrived looking innocent dressed in their beige and whites. Introductions to the Vice Mayor and other dignitaries of Kushiro as well as several speeches were heard.

2014 ASAHI BLADES DAY4

A weather reprieve today – 27C but feels like 38C. Phew! We are headed to Kushiro where it is more like home at 17C and cloudy with sprinkles.

2014 ASAHI BLADES DAY3

Today’s weather report: sunny with light clouds; 32C that feels like 41C and boy, did everyone of us feel like we were melting!

2014 ASAHI BLADES DAY1 & 2

We made it!

After a long but uneventful flight, we arrived in Tokyo – every stick too. Upon clearing immigration with only a few unticked boxes, we were greeted by Karl’s parents and a bright pink sign reading “Welcome Nikkei Boys” being held by Nono’s parents.

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