Today is an important day in American history, as well as a fun day here at the Academy!
We had classes off today, and spent an enjoyable day learning about Japan and Japanese culture. To start the day, we prepped for our evening performance this Saturday, おしばい (Oshibai)
After practice, we had a “taste of Japan” where we tried many common Japanese foods that the average American tongue is probably not used to, like umeboshi, nori, and naruto, which are pickled plums, a type of seaweed, and a fish cake. We had a great time trying foods new to many of us, and this experience gave us a better understanding of the flavors of Japan.
After more Oshibai prep, we had a second round of karaoke. Along with many fun sing-along sessions, we also tried our Just Dance songs as a class. All of these musical activities allowed us to share our taste in music with each other, though after the cheering from Undokai, most of our voices were a bit strained.
While we weren’t able to enjoy fireworks in person this year, we were able to view past fireworks shows in Japan. These shows are beautiful, complete with large shells, various colors, and songs that time with the explosions.
To end the day, we had a social mixer event with the Latin Language Academy. We were able to get to know them a little better, which has been difficult with our opposing busy schedules.
We’re super excited to see everyone again at our Oshibai performance!