updates on Keri's trip to japan june 2006

Saturday, July 22, 2006

this is just fun


Jacko and I...true tourists...


THEY MADE IT!! The Seahorse team finally got here to Japan, and we are less than a week away from heading home to the U.S. Sorry that the posts have been a lot less frequent, it's tough to find time for internet now with 20 other girls to keep me busy.
This picture is from a game we played against the Kozakai high school girls team in Toyokawa. I got to play on the field for part of it, that was fun.
I had a chance to share my testimony after the game. I'm praying that the message of Christ spoke to some of them, and that He would use my story to draw these awesome girls closer to Himself.
I am having a blast with a truckload of crazy american girls here with me after a summer of mostly alone-time.
On one hand it seems like this summer has been a long one, since i have experienced a lot, but other times it feels like I landed in Japan yesterday. Either way, I think it will be great to get home, to sleep in a bed (someday) and to eat a breakfast burrito, like the good ole days.

thanks for keeping up with me over this summer. It has been a blast

Thursday, July 13, 2006

sorry no picture

Hey sorry, this blog will have no picture....maybe the fun red font will make up for it...
I am on a japanese computer so I cant put any of my picutres up and there may be many many typos because the keyboard is in japanese and is weird.
I am doing great, I am still here in Toyokawa. I got to practice soccer with a high school girls team this week and it was SO much fun. I am glad that I got a chance to start a relationship with them, and next week when the seahorses are here, we will play a game against them and have fellowship/dinner and stuff afterwards... so that should be great.
Tonight I baked cookies with my host mom, and it totally reminded me of home. It was nice to have a little American moment, (although...Mom, I gotta say, the cookies you make with me are the best), and I learned how to make sushi, that was cool, altohugh we didn:t use raw fish...PRAISE GOD. (I gave the raw fish a try a couple weeks ago, it:s tolerable, but not something I would want to make myself)

I am excited like a kid before Christmas because my Seahorse teammates are coming tomorrow!! I am not sure how many more chances I will have to post on this blog, but pray that our ministry will be effective, and that the teams we play will receive the message we came to share about the Truth and Love that is only found in Christ.

I miss everyone, and can hardly believe that this summer has gone so fast. I will be back in California in 2 weeks...that:s a weird thought. Then Biola soccer starts!! hold on... it just gets more and more intense.

thanks for reading,

Sunday, July 09, 2006

got goats?

they don't got llamas, but they got goats in Japan.
Today I went to this really cool part called Fish Fish Land (English translation), but it's a beautiful park/petting zoo/aquarium and it's completely free. What a good deal. (maybe it's to make up for how expensive everything else is here...I don't know)

The Japanese is coming along, sorta... I mean my vocabulary has expanded from -"I'm sorry, I'm an American, I'm sorry, thank you..." to being able to ask where the bathroom is, and talk about things I like, and I can introduce myself, and count (I started counting my sprints in my soccer workouts in japanese, I have to think so hard that it keeps my mind off of how tired and hot I am.) I can greet people and tell little kids that they're doing a good job at my soccer clinics. So, that's fun

I got a chance to call the states today, and talking to Hilary and Heidi Gill and Dan back home made my day (I got three in one phone call..what a deal) It's cool how the emails and calls really make you feel connected. I can't believe how blessed I am to have solid, Christian friends who I can call and be encourgaged by. Many people here in Japan don't have that.
So Hil...thanks for answering, and thanks everyone who's been emailing me and posting comments. It really is fun to get them here. ( I know I've said that before, but it's still true).

So...I'm kinda dumb at figuring out the time/date differences and stuff, so I thought the world cup finals were last night, so I woke up at 3am to watch it, and found that it wasn't on the tv. I was mad because the t.v. here only gets 5 channels, so I thought that it just didn't get the channel that the world cup game was on, and I was dissapointed to miss it...after pouting for a while, I went back to sleep, only to realize the next day that the finals were not last night at 3am, but they are tonight at 3am...I felt dumb.
So..I'm gonna go to bed now, so that I can wake up at 3 again, and hopefully it will work this time..( I know, i'm obsessed with soccer)

Saturday, July 08, 2006

crafty??

I made this...for reals... I know, I'm a soccer player, not a crafty-person, but this lady from church took me to this Japanese art museum and all of a sudden some other lady was tying an apron on me and handed me a lump of clay, and rambled off way too many instructions in Japanese.
But...after about 30 minutes...and much help from the real crafty potter lady, I made my own pottery. Amazing the things you do when you spend a summer in another country.

things are good here. I'm in Toyokawa again for this week. It is RIDICULOUSLY hot and humid here. I did my soccer workout today at this jr high, and I think I sweatted (is sweatted a word?) like 3 gallons of water. I looked like I had just gotten out of the shower. (in case you wanted to know about that) It's nuts...with the extreme humidity and dirt fields, I don't think I'll ever have a reason to complain about soccer practice at Biola again.
I'm getting really excited for the Seahorse team to get here... 6 days!!

So, yeah, if anyone needs pottery lessons...give me a call.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

dai


This is Dai, my favorite of the kids I've been coaching all week with Ken Chan ( I know you're not supposed to have favorites, but I can't help it) He's 7, but about as big as a 4 or 5 year old. The soccer ball comes up to his knees, but that doesn't stop him, he's got more skill than many of the 5th graders.
I've been having a blast here in Shimizu. In the mornings I have been teaching English -showing the japanese elementary school kids the joy of the Hokey Pokey, and in the afternoons I've had a chance to rest!! yaay. God bless nap time.. and in the afternoons we coach Dai and his friends at another elementary school. At night we play futsal, or I watch Ken Chan play in the housewives league. It's been great. Everyone has been so hospitable to me, serving me great food and showing me the sights of Japan, and even giving me gifts. Life is good here.

I'm leaving for Toyokawa today, again. I am excited because there I will not only teach english and coach some more, but I think i get to practice with a local high school team. It will be fun to play again.
I don't get the best internet availability there... I can use pastor Yoshi's computer, but mine doesn't get the internet, so I can write emials, and read all of your wonderful comments on the blog, but I won't be able to post for a while. Sorry about that. I will return your email though as I get a chance.

overall life is great. I can't believe that I am more than half-way through my trip. I have less than 3 weeks to go, and the Seahorses come in 9 days. This is a whirlwind. Thanks again to all of you who have been praying for me and writing me emails and comments and stuff. It really keeps me going.
I'll post again as soon as I can

later

turning Japanese


I'm turning Japanese, I think I'm turning Japanese..I really think so.
This is a wonderful Japanese family that took me out to hang out, sightsee Japan, and showed me the joy of Japanese photo-booths. They are much cooler than the ones we have in the states...