Teaching English in Japan

by Adah Fisher

I was in Japan this July and August, helping to run USA Summer Camp, which takes American college students to Japan where they teach English to Japanese kids there. Depending on which camp I attended, the children I taught ranged in age from 6 to 16.

I had a great time meeting new people, eating strange and yummy food (often using chopsticks), and getting to travel to various places inside Japan. Fellow counselors and I visited Tokyo, Hiroshima, the Mount Fugi area, Osaka, and other places. In the four photos below, you'll see some memorable moments I had with new friends.

While enjoying a visit to Hiroshima Castle, Adah was allowed to try on and present herself with this set of Samurai armor! While in Hiroshima, I visited Hiroshima Castle, home of the daimyó (feudal lord) of the Hiroshima han (fief). Originally constructed in the 1590s, the castle was destroyed in the 1945 atomic bombing. Rebuilt in 1958, this replica of the original now serves as a museum of Hiroshima's history prior to World War II. When I came upon the Samurai warrior display of protective armor, I was invited to try it on. Wow, was it heavy! Click my photo to see how pleased I was wearing this special armor.

Twice I had the opportunity to live for a few days with different Japanese families in their homes. During my stay, I loved working with the kids and getting to meet other American counselors I'd never met. Thank you for praying for me!

(Click the thumbnail photo of Adah enjoying herself in Japan to enlarge it and read its caption. Click again to shrink it.)


Adah got to cook a barbeque, Japanese style

At one camp, Adah got to cook a barbeque, Japanese style,
with her new friends. She quickly learned to not only be careful
with the hotplate but wear a paper apron so grease won't ruin your clothes!

Adah visits the famous Asakusa Kannon Temple

Adah's host family took Adah (left) and Sara (a fellow American
counselor) to the famous Asakusa Kannon Temple. The family's
5-year-old daughter, named Suzuha, loved to play with Adah
and her college companions.

The Hiroshima Peace Dome can be seen behind Adah

Adah stands in front of the Hiroshima Peace Dome, one of the only structures
that remain standing after the 1945 atomic bombing, as well as Hiroshima
Museum, which displayed burned school children's clothes, black rain
that fell after the bomb blast, and a wooden dresser full of
glass shards. It was indeed a sobering visit.

Adah (front row, center) and her new friends make silly faces
at the close of camp. The children loved blowing bubbles,
playing hand clapping games, and singing songs.

Place your cursor over the photo to see
all the silly faces up close.

"Christ's love creates unity out of diversity."  Anonymous

another Christian fish with a cross

Take a look at two additional October family photo pages.