Today, after our morning language classes, we received a lecture from Dr. Bell on Japanese comparative government. She taught us about the different branches of the government as well as more details of individual government roles. She also taught us the importance of the Diet, as well as different political parties. All of these factors were then compared to America's government, as well as a few others. Thank you Dr. Bell for your time and lecture! ありがとうございました！
Later in the day, we had a bit of free time, in which many of us continued to work on our woodblock prints. Throughout our past carving sessions, we've understood more deeply the time, skill, and energy each print takes, even with our more simplified process.
As well, after dinner, we prepared for our upcoming 運動会 (undoukai), or sports day. During the preparation, the academy split into two teams、 白 (white) and 赤 (red), and began team spirit and strategy planning. Malia, from 赤 and also a member of the 運動会 han, says, "the preparation was a great bonding experience with the team...we built solid support for each other and all had fun." We can't wait for the event to take place this Sunday!