We started our Fourth of July with a full practice run of our Oshibai performance. It allowed us to figure out how to improve the show and present guests with the best version possible. After our run through, we gathered together for a special surprise the staff had prepared for us. It was revealed to be a collection of foods that we were able to try to expand our Japanese taste pallets, including fresh しそ (shiso) that Rie Sensei had grown herself. After lunch, the staff had another surprise for us. They had invited special guest speakers Miki Sensei and Uchisawa Sensei to teach us about the 箏 (koto), a traditional Japanese instrument dating back to the 8th century. We followed that lecture up with another musical event, our second karaoke session of the academy. We had lots of fun singing and dancing our hearts out before heading off to dinner. We’re ending the night with another surprise that has yet to be revealed. We’ll be sure to update you next time!