Chiku Service Community Engagement

All the member in the Chiku service participates to make dishes for the homeless living at Motomachi. We donate food, and help the Chiku center people hand out, make the food.

I went in the morning, to wash and cut the ingredients. I arrived at the place before 30 minutes, but there were lots of other people that were already helping. Me and the people from YIS didn’t have anything to do for a few minute, and when I was looking around, I saw stray cats and pigeons. The cat didn’t look like a pet cat, and it made me think of animal issues around us.

When I was washing the potatoes, the water was really cold, and it made me notice how I’m blessed. It made me think of how hard it is for the homeless people to use cold water in the winter, and to earn water and foods.

In Chiku, we had a time where we focused on the homeless’s lives and there history. From the research, we found out that they have a really hard time earning money, and

 

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Reflection from Field Study

Field study was a trip where I got a chance to interact with other people that I usually don’t talk to. It was also a journey where I got to find out things that I didn’t know about my self.
 

The challenges I faced was trying to be positive. I can’t say I’m a positive person, so I tried to make my self positive when I was climbing the mountain. We had a 2 night camp and to go to the next campsite, we needed to climb up and down big mountains with the rain. This was a tough thing to do. When I was exhausted, a friend cheered me up when she was also tired and I was able to cheer her up too and climb the mountain together.

 I developed self reliance by thinking of where to step and where to grab when climbing/going down the mountain.
My role in the community of expedition was to be a listener. I am often a lister in school, but being the listener at the field studies made me talk to people I never have, and I was able to learn how other people thinks in a different way.
 
The mountain told me that life is hard in (real) camping, and it told me that life is also hard in real life.

Nature vs Nurture

Human is both, Nature and Nurture.
Things that are Nature is from our parents.
Nurture is what people around us gives/teaches us.

Our appearance is mostly Nature.
My dad had a blond curly hair and my mum had a brownish black hair, these two hair colors mixed and made a brown curly hair. My height is also affected by my dad. I have a taller hight than the average height for my age, and my dad is tall. My foot is very big and this is also effected by my dad.

My specific behaviours are mostly nurture.
I touch my hair when I’m thinking of something or when I’m bored, but now one does this in my family. Also I pinch my arm when I need to stop laughing (in buses,trains).

But my physical abilities have both.
I’m able to move my hands very fast when I’m doing a rhythm game. First I wasn’t able to get high scores, then I practiced a lot with my friend and now I’m able to do difficult levels. My family isn’t good at rhythm games and I practiced, this tells that my game skill is nurture. But on the overhand, I’m able to move I ear and this comes from my dad.

 

Expanding my comfort zone during G8 Expedition

For the expedition, 8th grade went to Minakami in Gunma.  (水上 群馬)

We did a lot of activities. The three activities that had the most impact was,

 

  • Rafting
  • Cannoning
  •  Mountain Biking

I really hated high places and I didn’t want to do cannoning but  I tried and jumped of from a high place. It was really fun and now I still don’t like high places but I ‘m a little more confident of it.

Mountain Biking was very fun and I want to do it again. I don’t really have a chance to go down a mountain with my bicycle so it was a interesting experiment for me.

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Koto Sekijyun

My practice strategies are to first tune the koto and start playing up and down on the koto and then to start playing the first page of Sekijyun. I play the easier parts quickly and then play the hard parts for me a lot of times. One thing that was successful was how I practiced. I practiced a lot on one place, so when that part comes, I remember what the notes are so I can concentrate on playing it clearly. I need to practice more and be able to remember at least half of the piece and to play the “Sukui” clearly. My practice regimen at home is usually 2-4 times a week. When I have time, I do 4 times. But usually I just do 2 and I’m done.The part that I have been success full was the first page and the places where koto 1,2 and the base koto plays a similar melody. The reason I say this is because these were the parts that I got really nervous so I practiced and now I can remember a little bit of the piece.Section B and C requires further work for me. It goes on very quick and when I get mixed up with where I am playing, I get really worried. One thing I find enjoyable about the koto ensemble is that I have an opportunity for learning more about koto. The challenge about ensemble playing is that the whole class needs to cooperate and stay on the same pace.

Dragons day! ~Reflection~

Designing our project was interesting and fun. It was a good opportunity to know about students from other grades. 

Reason I liked working with my group because everyone was collaborative and we listened to each other’s opinion. Atl skills that I used well was Collaboration skill. When I didn’t have anything to do, I asked what I could do and tried to do as much thing as I can. Great moments along the way was when I saw the finished dragon and when me and my team finished sticking the messages on the background. 

Something awesome that I contributed is helping glueing the message papers and going around Elementary,Middle and High school students asking for them to write something on the paper we used for our background.

 

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Dragons day photos!

Koto Final Performance ☆Reflection★

On march 11th we performed a piece called “Rokudan no Shirabe (六段の調)” using our koto in our school auditorium. All of our classmates (koto class) played it in front of a lot of people. This blog post is about my reflection for our performance.

My areas of focus was mostly the 2nd dan (almost every line) and the 1st line of the 3rd dan. I improved on the 1st line of 3rd dan. I think my preparation was ok but I could have put in more effort in to it. For me, breaking up my focus point and practicing the part I chose helped me have confidence.

Practice more every day and ask how to play the difficult parts for me. Next time I will ask more questions when I have difficulties in playing any sections. I will also ask people (for example my family member) to listen to me playing the koto and asking them for feedback. I think my mum will be a perfect person to check my tuning and sound when I am not confident about it (She has perfect pitch).

I think we did better then our practice and I think we were able to not laugh when we made a mistake. But I think we sometimes sped up so next time,we could try more harder to make the speed the same. For me individually, my 1st dan and 2nd dan went better then I was expecting. I didn’t forget to move the 12( イ) to B from A. Next time I will try practice more that I can play in the same pace through the whole piece. I also would circle the focus points (where I need to practice) and make sure I practice that part every week.

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Oral Presentation *Reflection*

In English, me and my partner did a Oral presentation about Social Media getting banned in North Korea.

I did well on finding the informations that was needed and I also did well on not  looking at the cue cards (sticky note).

I need to improve on getting more information and talking louder and clearer. Even when I think in my head that I need to speak louder, my voice just gets smaller.