Hello, this is wing 10.
Today, we will introduce one site that we have visited before, which is MIT!
Do you know MIT?
MIT stands for “Massachusetts Institute of Technology”.
It is private university in Massachusetts, and was founded in 1869.
MIT is one of the elite university all over the world.
This is the famous statue of MIT, which is in front of entrance. A lot of people take a picture with it. Of course, we did it too!
Also, there are a lot of buildings whose shape is very unique!
If you have opportunity to visit there, you will be able to enjoy it!
We went watching Blue Man show. Blue Man show is held Charles Playhouse in Boston. Charles Playhouse is located near Boylston Station. Inside of the playhouse is narrow and dark. The souvenir shop is also small and we bought T-shirts. However, the performance space is separated from the waiting room and on the second floor. The performance space has many seats and most of the first-floor seats was filled that day. In the waiting room, you can eat and drink something you bring, but in the performance space, you can eat and drink only something that you buy inside.
We were excited before the show, because people in the hall was already hot and enjoyed the atmosphere. I thought this hot atmosphere was very American and it was not common in Japan. Also, three blue men made interesting sounds by using tings used in the daily life, for example, pipes or foods. We were surprised such a nice combination of many kinds of sounds. However, I was shocked that the blue men wasted much of foods or things for entertaining. I could not understand that point and I found difference of laugh between America and Japan, so I could not laugh all stage. After the stage, we got a chance to take a picture with one of the blue men. It was nice service and we enjoyed many types of entertainments.
In January 15, it was the final day that we performed West Side Story.
We had practiced act, sing, and dance for 3 months.
Sometimes, we clashed with the other member. And sometimes, we practiced until midnight. However, we always work together and we successfully accomplish.
After all performances finished, tears welled up in our eyes.
Some people were stranger before I belong to the Broadway musical theater club, but finally, we became best friends. It was wonderful experience to join West Side Story.
All of University16 members in wing 5 have become adults legally on January 5, the date is before Coming of Age ceremony. We celebrated the last member’s birthday that day!! She noticed we planned to celebrate her because she found a birthday cake! But our surprise would success.
On January 6, we joined Coming of Age ceremony in the morning. Ms. Kaneko came to Boston all the way from Japan made a speech for us. We promised that we have own responsibility in society and contribute to not only Japan but also all over the world. All of us have never expected to welcome our coming of age in Boston before, of course our parents. However, I think it is a precious memory in our lifetimes. Few people can celebrate the day in other countries. I want to say to my parents, family, and all people around me “Thank you so much” from the bottom of my heart.
In the evening, almost of us joined a banquet in Omni Parker Hotel which is the oldest and historic hotels in Boston. Probably we cannot visit there in private. Of course, we dressed up! Actually, we wear really casual clothes in most of our life here so it was our first experience to dress up. We would look like Disney princesses. We had truly great and delicious dinner. In my opinion, Boston cream pie was the best in all dishes. After eating, a DJ came there and we enjoyed dancing about for 3 hours!! Maybe we can never experience such a party in Japan. Everything was wonderful!!
By the way, time has flown very fast!! 34 days left!! That’s why we have to live valuable days with this members.
Wing4 Showa blog by Nanako Fujiwara & Haruna Dotsu
Happy New Year! We are wing4.
“Coming of age” was held at Omni Parker House which is the hotel oldest in Boston.
This party is so important for us.
Because not only we were 20 years old, but we became adult.
We had good dinner such as salad, bread, meat and so on there.
“Boston Pie” is so famous at this hotel because they firstly made it.
Of course, it was so delicious!!!
After that, we danced and took a lot of pictures.
Hello!! We’re Wing 9!!
On January 6th, we celebrated coming of age!! We had a party in one of the oldest hotel in Boston, Omni Parker Hotel. We enjoyed a special meal, especially Boston cream pie. After the meal, everyone including teachers danced and it as very fun!
Keeping with yesterday’s theme, here are some extra photos from the festival itself. Special thanks our Showa Soran Bushi performers and to the Wellesley College Taiko Group for being involved.
Here are some additional photos of Showa Boston’s annual festival, held last month. Our students worked hard to make the event a success, but these pictures show that they had some fun as well!
We finally visited New York City and enjoyed all three days although the schedule was so busy!
First day, we enjoyed dinner at the restaurant which was decorated old movies and American comics, such as Star Wars, Back to the Future, Spider-Man and so on, as soon as getting of our coaches. The city was little bit similar to Tokyo but everything in NYC was brilliant so we were fascinated by the scene. After having dinner, we had a fine night view from Top of the Rock. I have never experienced such a thing!
Next day, we went to a lot of places, National History Museum which was used as the stage “Night Museum” which is one of the most famous movies in the world, Times Square, Broadway to appreciate Matilda and Night Cruising to meet Statue of Liberty. Especially, most of students were impressed by seeing Statue of Liberty because she is a symbol of not only liberty but also NYC and the US. I think she was smaller than I had supposed before but she was so divine and all of us realized that immigrants had been filled with hope when they had come to new land to get a better life.
Last day, we visited Metropolitan Museum, which is the biggest museum in the US. We were overwhelmed the scale so some people got lost. But we enjoyed and studied history. Last of our schedule was shopping so we bought a lot, a lot, a lot!! We will not forget this travelingJ
Showa Festival was held on last weekend from December 4th to 5th and wing5 explained American people about Ninja!!
We started to plan for the festival one month ago but we could not meet schedule, so we couldn’t sleep two days before the festival. While some members wrote a fusuma and a shoji to use as wallpapers, others made some games like OX game and a spot the difference, it is 間違い探し in Japanese. In addition, we were particular about the decoration outside of our room. We created wallpapers like a castle wall and tiled roofs. However it was too difficult to make them with only papers, cardboards and paint so we had to think creatively how to make them. We exhausted our own wisdom. And we made Ninja using origami to give people coming to our booth them as a gift. As a result, all exhibitions had just prepared!
During the festival, there were a lot of people regardless of age and gender so we were too busy. But the festival was succeeded! Especially the second day, many elementary school students commuting near Showa Boston came here and enjoyed our exhibitions. Some of them create a lot of Ninja stars to give their family or friends it. Moreover, we felt, however, that to explaining about Japanese culture in English was not easy. So the festival was one opportunity for us to do hard work and improve our English skills more and more.
Additionally, it was a snow day so Boston has welcomed to winter. Christmas is coming soon … .