|The Bow. I love the bow. A nice gesture for all occasions and all people. A show of sincere respect and gratitude. It can also mean "Congratulations, I'm sorry, please, many thanks," A 5 to10 degree bow is a casual, informal "Hello," similar to our "'Sup?" The most common is a 30 degree angled bow to greet customers or thank someone. A more formal bow is performed at about 45 degrees while looking down at your feet which is a sign of deep gratitude, formal apology or asking for a favor. There is eye contact, however slight, but it is there and it is friendly and subtle and heartfelt.|
|Janet, My "Cho" Roommate- Means "Super" in Japanese|
It is easy to get used to. It flows, it comes from the inside out. I like to bow. I think of our formal hand shake, or the manly hand clasp with interlocked thumbs, followed by shoulder to shoulder bumper-hug. We cannot forget the awkward hug when you think you were going in for a hug but your friend did not. You hesitate for a split second but realize you cannot back out of it. I cannot imagine what the Japanese people think of our popular 'pound me' followed by a "blow it up" for special occasions.
|The Big Arch Stadium in background is ready for us.|
They spoke of how Hiroshima continues to be a leader in spreading world peace. It is their hope that the U.S.A. plays their way to the final and players can wear the necklaces on the podium for the world to see. The 3 other teams staying in Hiroshima (Ghana, China and Germany) also received similar necklaces in colors representing their country. Cranes = Peace = Hiroshima This is their message.Amongst tears and thank you's our team was very grateful. "This is the best memento I have ever received," I overheard as the players carefully placed them on the bench before training began.
There is not a lot of space here in Japan. The country is 11% smaller that the state of California. The population of Japan is roughly 130 million.
To avoid long ramps for cars to find parking, vehicles take the elevator
I am excited to watch the U20 team play in the first match. Over the last year and a half, the players have grown together to become one. I can sense their excitement but yesterday seemed to be the day they collectively portrayed "WHEN ARE WE GOING PLAY ALREADY?!!!"
|Coaches Steve Swanson & April Heinrichs|
In the midst of all the training and tryouts and tournaments and seasons and dreams and goals and games, I am not sure these players have ever been told to stop preparing. enjoy the fact and to..... to PLAY.
Congratulations to the Huskies after the 2-0 win over Seattle U.
|Nick and Ben, thank you for allowing me this opportunity.|