Yesterday ended with the academy continuing contact with TUINS students in small groups. Academy students asked about various cultural issues in Japan, while the Japanese students asked about volunteering opportunities in America. Day 18 started with a field trip to the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond. Students took time to explore, take photos, and enjoy the surroundings of nature. After the half-day field trip, students continued work on their oshibai projects, then headed to the gym for an hour.