Sunday, February 14, 2010

A friend from Sweden

Erica here!

Last week, Fred Jarbro Sensei from SollefteƄ, Sweden came to Japan for 8 days. His main purpose was to attend an instructor's seminar held in Ikebukuro. He dedicated the rest of his time to self-training and going to as many Shiramizu classes as possible to train and to help instruct. Arakawa Sensei felt that Fred Sensei was spending too much time doing karate and needed some touristy activities. So last Monday, Arakawa Sensei, his wife Keiko san, Fred Sensei and I went sightseeing in Asakusa and took a sea bus to see Tokyo Bay as well as visit Hamarikyu Garden in Tokyo!! Unfortunately, Louise had to work that day so she couldn't come with us =(

View of the city from our sea bus

Fred Sensei and I on the sea bus. Hai, chizu!

Hamarikyu Garden

We stopped in a teahouse in the garden for some traditional matcha tea and sweets.

Arakawa Sensei, Fred Sensei and I in front of Kaminarimon in Asakusa.

Afterwards, we went to the Wadokai Headquarters in Shinbashi to complete some paperwork for Fred Sensei's club in Sweden. It was a great day for me because it was the first time I've been to any of these places!

Fred Sensei pointing to the Wadokai Headquarter sign

Wadokai merchanise! Gifts from headquaters =)

** If you're a JKfan magazine reader, keep an eye out for an interview with Fred Sensei in Richard Sensei' Corner!! Possibly coming out this summer!

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