First we went straight to the check in area.
Then we had the obligatory opening ceremony.
Some kids came in cool outfits, we later learned these were their
girls from our group, Shy on the left from Malaysia, and Barbara on
the right from Denmark.
enormous self in action.
Less than one handful.
path we made to the other edge of the 'tanbo' rice field.
Just grab the stalks, and chop.
About this high.
Then take two bundles and make and X and tie them to dry. Dave on the
right, other guy in the group
on the left. Guy on the left had no brake lights the whole way down.
Stephanie posing by the bundles set out to dry.
This was all we did and there were about 50 people working. 15 minutes
in they told us to stop.
So we posed for some stupid photos.
Then we went to the real purpose of the day. To
watch this local group do their local dance.
The kids were cute.
We sat on temporary seats outside until it
started to rain.
Then they asked for volunteers and everyone
looked at the foreigners.
"Oh how lovely it will be for the foreigners to finally learn the
delicate and unique Japanese culture."
Jump around and act like a baboon for 20
minutes, which was longer than we harvested rice.
Now let's play bingo....Hey why is that guy
holding a white poster up?
50% zoom can't read it, I wonder what it says.
Oh, my full 10x optical zoom shows he is writing
the bingo numbers. He is at least 50 feet away.