Oshaberi Salon, Kimono and Tea Ceremony

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 Konnichiwa everybody! Before I share some photos  from the fun "Oshaberi Salon" I attended..

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Making An Extra Effort

As part of my 2015 goals, I really want to focus on taking my Japanese conversational skills to another level. The feeling sucks when you have something nice to share, yet you are unable to voice it out completely.. in the tone you also want it to be delivered.

One day, I decided to drop a visit at our main community center here in Saitama. I was so delighted to find out that they give FREE Japanese lessons to foreigners + they also have fun Japanese culture-themed activities!

And it's super convenient because the gym that I go to is located at the same mall. Every Fridays, I will be studying Japanese here and from time to time, I can attend the "oshaberi salons". Oshaberi Salon is like a small gathering of people who want to converse with the Japanese locals + make Japanese friends and also learn fun community activities.

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I only had to pay 100 yen for the whole kimono + tea ceremony + interaction in Nihongo experience!

I was able to go out from my comfort zone (where I usually get frustrations ;_;) and introduce myself to the kawaii grandmas and grandpas of Saitama. Who would have thought that I'd make Japanese friends from the older population? <3

It was so much fun! Tanaka-san helped me dress up in a pretty pink kimono and the grandmas gave me a free tea ceremony tutorial huhuhuhu.

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And this is why I recommend going out and forgetting about your introvert personality. You'll miss out a lot in life if you always categorize yourself as "shy-and-I-won't-reach-out-to-people"! I'm quite a shy girl but since I want to gain confidence with my Japanese kodomo skills.. this happened. And I'm glad it did! :D

If you are also a foreigner living in Japan and you're interested to have a hands-on participation in your local community, I'd suggest that you go and get some flyers from your international center for more info.

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Awkward pose yes

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There was also a pretty Chinese girl who tried out the Kimono + tea ceremony with me. : )

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One of the volunteers took a lot of my photos. Thank you so much for capturing me in my rawness hihi.

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Look how happy I was :3

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Origami with the kawaii grandmas ~

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I can't wait for more experiences and community interactions!

I'll be teaching or helping some Japanese students with English as well, and I'm so excited! :") I've been wanting to try teaching (just informal one)~

I also spoke to one Japanese girl and told her that I improved my English through blogging. Maybe I should share that (blogging) to them too? Let's see how these would all go~

Thank you universe for allowing me to meet such kind-hearted people!

Love, カイラ

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