I’ve just arrived back in Tokyo after an absolutely incredible week working at an international summer camp called MSTERIO. The camp, which began its thirteenth year last Saturday (8 days ago), brings together a group of about 40 kids (3/4 Japanese and 1/4 international, mostly American) to play games, do sports and arts, and live in cabins. The camp is in Nagano Prefecture, several hours northwest of Tokyo by しんかんせん （shinkansen, high speed train), surrounded on all sides by beautiful green mountains. It is heaven.
I (an assistant counselor) and another college-age guy names たくや (Takuya) lived in a cabin with six boys between 6 and 14 years old. Since many of the kids speak no English at all, the experience contributed a huge amount of my Japanese learning this summer. Despite busy schedules every day and many excitable, crazy kids, the camp was a perfect way to refresh after six rigorous weeks teaching in Tokyo.
I’ll probably post some pictures soon, but in the meantime, here is a link to my performance in the Staff Talent Show a few nights ago! As you can see, the language barrier really didn’t stop us all from becoming quite close :)
I hope you like it!