Today’s tour is going to be at Omushi, Hatsukaichi with the Mexican Judo players!!
今日の体験ツアーはメキシコから来ている柔道選手たちと!

Before the festival started it was snowing in Omushi…
さくら祭りが始まる前は雪が降っていました…。

But the weather has turned sunny! The cherry blossom was beautiful!
時間が経つにつれてお天気に!桜がとても綺麗に咲いていました。

We had a little entertainment first and then lunch time.

After a good meal, was writing a “Ema”.
(A little explanation of “Ema”. “E” is art. “ma” is horse in Japanese. “Ema” is a votive picture tablet that has a horse picture and we offer to a shrine or temple when we pray for something.)
おいしいお昼ご飯の後は絵馬を選手たちに書いてもらいました。

Next is “Syodo”(calligraphy) experience. They had written there names in “Katakana”.
書道も体験!それぞれの名前をカタカナで書いてもらいました。

Finally the “mochi”(rice cake) making time!
The players and the people who joined the festival took turns to pound the “mochi”!!
餅つきの時間がきました!
柔道選手たちにも順番についてもらいました!!

On the way home we stopped by “Kasanari-iwa”
A huge rock on top of a rock with no stable supports. And people come there to prey for success!
Cheers to the Mexican players! Good luck!
帰り際に「重岩」により、今日書いてもらった絵馬を奉納しました。

Thanks for joining the tour!!
お疲れさまでした!