• Rachel Erickson's post

    Posted by Rachel Erickson on 11/30/2010 9:00:00 PM


    I love Japan!  I feel so lucky to have been able to go on this trip.  It amazes me how different America is from Japan and yet so similar at the same time.  My favorite day on the trip was when we visited the elementary school.  I loved playing for the kids and interacting with them.  Their excitement was unbelievable and made it a day that I will always treasure.  It was interesting to go on the tours and see some of the castles and shrines in Kyoto and Osaka.  Some were really beautiful ... especially the Golden Palace.  It was fun to go to the Gon district and see a few geisha's.  The bullet train to Tokyo was cool especially when we all got to see Mt. Fuji through the window.  I really liked the view we saw from Tokyo Tower (which by the way is taller than the Eiffel Tower).  We could see so far in every direction ... it made New York City look small!  We got to see some of the most beautiful Japanese Gardens and saw a lot of wedding parties.  Some of them were in the middle of the city ... you wouldn't even know they were there.  We walked though one to go to lunch on Saturday ... I almost forgot we were in one of the largest cities in the world.  Shopping in Shibuya was fun and getting to walk through that crazy intersection was a blast!   Japan is such a beautiful country and very clean as well.  The people there are all so kind and patient and friendly ... I think we all can learn from them.  This was a great experience that I will never ever forget.
    Rachel Erickson
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  • Tokyo photos

    Posted by Larry Dubill on 11/27/2010 7:40:00 PM
    Our last few days in Tokyo were great!  We are about to leave for home but I thought I would post a few photos.  More blogs will be posted after we come back.  (Time is tight here).  Happy Birthday Nick Marco!  It is warm here....hear its snowing in Buffalo!  Can't wait to see everyone and share stories!
    Larry Dubill
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  • Kyoto photos

    Posted by Larry Dubill on 11/25/2010 4:00:00 PM

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  • Post from Asanogawa ES Vice Principal Honda

    Posted by Asanogawa Elementary School Vice-Principal Honda on 11/25/2010 9:00:00 AM

    Good evening.(in Japan,midnight)
    We had good time with you.
    This class had very happy time.Whin they saw this HomePage,we will be famous class and we had a lot of fan.
    Our HomePage carried your picture.
    We had very enjoyable.
    Thank you.

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  • Jackie Wieloszynski's post

    Posted by Jackie Wieloszynski on 11/25/2010 8:00:00 AM
    Japan has been absolutely amazing so far.  It is an indescribable experience that I am so lucky to be apart of. My favorite moments so far include Taiko drumming and visiting Asanogawa Elementary School.  I also have been loving the food and the hospitality of the people.  Everyone is extremenly nice to the point where I think they are being sarcastic, but they're not because its Japan.  I have enjoyed so much so far and I can't wait for what is to come next.
    Jackie Wieloszynski
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  • Sayonara Kanazawa party and Osaka

    Posted by Larry Dubill on 11/25/2010 8:00:00 AM
    It has been a sad goodbye to Kanazawa.  We had a great concert at the Citizen's Art Center.  I was so proud of the kids.  After this, we had a farewell party with everyone that was involved in the project.  City officials, music teachers and students were all there.  The food was great, and very elaborate.  We followed dinner with a performance by Jackie Wieloszynski and Natalie Stormer (singing "Misty"), and  Karaoke, It was a riot!  Sean Brown and Jeremy Jackson stole the show with "Don't Stop Me Know/Having a good time by Queen.  (I think that's the title)  The Japanese students took the stage and sang a few numbers for us, followed by more Karaoke.  It was sad to say goodbye the next morning. 
         Onward to Osaka and Osaka Castle.  The four hour drive was breathtaking!  The leaves are still on the trees with beautiful colors.  We rode along the Sea of Japan for a while, then to Osaka.  The castle is majestic, and very tall.  Great views from up top.  We met some people from Minneapolis that were sight-seeing.  Nice people.  We then traveled to Kyoto.  Both cities are very busy cities.  Our hotel has internet!  We went to dinner after we checked in at a rotating sushi bar.  Some of the students weren't sure about it at first, but I convinced them to give it a shot.  It was awesome, and even the doubters got into it.  You could just grap the sushi as it went by...80 yen per plate.  You could also order from a touch screen, and a train would ride down a pathway (express route) to your area and deliver your food!  It was really cool.  The shopping here is intense.  We shopped in the Teramachi Shopping District.  Decorated festival lighted streets went on and on almost endlessly.  It was really cool!
    Larry Dubill
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  • Tim Dubill's post

    Posted by Tim Dubill on 11/24/2010 8:00:00 AM
    I want to live here.  The people are always smiling, kind, and hospitable.  It is a beautiful country, and the garden/park is gorgeous.  The students at the elementary school were energetic and welcoming and extremely cute.  The food's exquisite and so far every experience has been breath taking.  This is the best country in the world!
    Tim Dubill
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  • Andrew Slack's post

    Posted by Andrew Slack on 11/24/2010 3:00:00 AM
    Japan has been wonderful so far.  We are currently riding on an extremely comfortable bus on our way to Osaka and Kyoto.  The views from the bus are incredible.  I now know where all postcard pictures of Japan are taken.  The farewell dinner last night was very fun, although it was a tad awkward at times.  The food was great.  There was much variety.  Speaking of food, for someone who isn’t a major fan of raw fish, luckily there are French fries at most meals.

         The language barrier is really funny at times, but many of the Jazz students know a little English.  At Asanogawa Elementary School, I ate a very tasty lunch with some 6th grade students.  They were very polite and tried their best to make me comfortable.  There was a point when one of the girls tried to ask when my birthday was, or as she said “vird day”, which took me several minutes to figure out.  Quote of the trip “The refrigerator has many uses, thank you.”


    Andrew Slack


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  • Tony Guzzetta's post

    Posted by Tony Guzzetta on 11/24/2010 3:00:00 AM
    I am new in the city of Kanazawa in Japan.  There have been so many wonderful and memorable experiences.  The first day we were here we went to the Kanazawa Art museum which was very interesting.  We also met all of the kids from the Jazz-21 Ensemble.  (They are very good)  The next day we tried on Kimonos and took pictures at a temple while wearing them.  Yesterday we went to an elementary school and played for them.  Then we ate lunch and interacted with them which was a very cool and enjoyable experience.  Then we had a meeting with the Mayor.  Today we played a concert with Jazz-21 which went super well.  The food is very interesting and delicious.  I am forced to try new things and explore, which is not a bad thing.  Japan is way cooler than America in a lot of ways and I do not want to go home.


    Tony  Guzzetta


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  • Mike Ruesch's post

    Posted by Mike Ruesch on 11/23/2010 9:00:00 AM
    So far the trip has been amazing.  I never thought that an entire city would be so excited to host a high school jazz band.  I have been treated like royalty.  The only thing that the tops the kindness and hospitality of the people is the beautiful landscape.  Kanazawa Park is the picturesque Japanese landscape that is truly beautiful.  I also could not believe how excited the Elementary students were to see us.  They really had a blast.
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