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Claire's Awesome Weekend of Awesome Awesomeness

...because just one awesome wasn't enough. I have so much to tell about this weekend, be prepared for a long post!

Day 1: Saturday-School Sports Festival!
The second of the most manga-cliche school events! At Musashino, everyone from middle school to highschool is divided into four color groups: Green, Blue, Red, and Purple (I was in the Green group) who compete against each other in a variety of events. Not structured sports, like soccer or baseball for several reasons:
1. Matches in those sports would take way too long and not enough people could participate and
2. They require special skills/equipment etc.
Instead, there are a lot of races, from straight out sprints, to funny races (like where four people are running in a pair of giant pants for example) to relay races, or other stuff like tug-of-war. You get points based on how your groups do in the events, and the points are tallied up to find a winner at the end of the day. Pretty simple.

Here's what I did:
1. This dance to the Lion King opening song that all second year high schoolers did.
2. 綱引き (Tsunahiki-tug-of war) and
3. Ran a segment of a relay for one of my friends who ended up not being able to do it

That's me with a group of my friends from my class, just before the Lion King dance.
That's us in a brilliant example of coordination and precision.

And us again, tugging the war! We faced off two groups, Red and Blue, and beat the Red group but lost to Blue. Could be worse; Purple lost both of their tug-of-war battles.  Yes. BATTLE.

Unfortunently, we came out last. Blue won, and Red came in second. But it was still fun, even if my legs did not thank me the next day. (That had been the first sprinting and whatnot I'd done in a while. Speaking of the relay, I was the 18th runner, and by the time it got to me we were so far behind there was nothing I could do. I kept us out of last for my segment, but then the people after me didn't do so hot...oh well.)
Which brings us to the next day.

Day 2: Sunday-Flower Viewing and Eating Too Much Food
Bright and early on Sunday morning, my family and I went to this awesome place about thirty-minutes from our house:
Those, my dears, are rhododendrons. A literal red ocean of them. Quite possibly one of the coolest things 've ever seen.
I have very few words to describe those. Except, that I've been studying genetics in Japanese so the first thing I thought was, "Ok, so these flowers are all red, meaning they have a dominant RR gene. But the few white flowers [not shown, but they were there] must have a recessive rr gene, which means that some of these flowers have to have a Rr gene combo so I wonder why more flowers aren't white..."


I scare myself sometimes.

Anyhow, all of us were very tired by the time we got home, so we all took naps. And then for dinner, since my host mom was a little under the weather, my host sister and father and I went out to a revolving sushi restaurant.
I can't recall if any showed up in this video, but at first the sushi was going by. And then some fruit. And then some juice. And then some cake. And then there was the touch screen computer up by the counter where you could specifically order what sushi you wanted and it showed up on the conveyer.

I ate too much. My food baby, as dubbed by David Watson, has been named Wasabi.
And now I'm going to poof and get my hair cut, since my bangs have encroached too much into the eye-zone. Cheers everyone, Claire out!


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