Arigatou event in Abiko

Arigatou event in Abiko

Day of activity: August 2nd 2014

Today was the Abiko Arigato Event day. It was my first arigato event. The morning was filled with preparations and such. Everyone was in high spirits and we rehearsed a lot. Our host families all made lunch for a big potluck party. All dishes were lined up on a big table, it looked super delicious. After we all did itadakimasu, everyone rushed to the table and dove right into the food. There were things like sushi rolls, ratatouille, salad and other yummy things. After the potluck we all introduced ourselves once more with our host family and our host families were asked to tell everyone an interesting or funny happening that occurred during the week. My host mother Idenuma Yoshimi-san told everyone how I accidentally threw my wallet in the garbage on the morning of our personal day. Afterwards we had the Arigato Event and we danced to a medley and me and the other Swedish participant Caroline sang the unofficial National Anthem of Sweden. We also got to hear Miranda from China’s beautiful voice. Everyone had loads of fun and it seemed like our host families appreciated and enjoyed the event too. It was such a fun and new experience!

Mattis (Sweden)

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