Today for school I went on a field trip to a few places in the city of Tokushima. I had no idea where I was going when I got on the bus in the morning, but right away I pass out and just wake up there. Since it isn’t at all my responsibility to make sure that the kids are behaving it wasn’t of any interest to me to stay awake.
So we arrive and apparently we are at the bottling plant for Pocari Sweat and some other famous drinks in Japan. I was really pumped about this. This was like going to the Gatorade plant. There is only one of these places in Japan.
The tour was nothign too special, just descriptions of the different processes that occurred at each station of the manufacturing line. There was a pretty normal advertisement for another of their products, see the pic below. So then, on the way out we received those cheapo backpacks with the strings as straps. but inside was powder to make our own, a nice water bottle and a towel that all bear the logo. It was sweet goodie bag, also free drink.
From there we went to this really nice park. It had a number of offerings, including a short log flume, a pretty cool science museum, a water zone to get yourself uncomfortably wet and nice grounds and gardens. here, we ate some quality lunch, that we had to bring ourselves. For the japanese, the homemade lunch is basically an art. I went american style and just had random stuff thrown in a plastic bag. They felt pitty or something because every kid wanted me to eat what candy they had. I think it was more just trying to see if what they had was something I would be interested in. It was like I was a cruel king demanding my offerings. They would just come, sometimes forming a line just to give me their best. I brought enough, but I left stuffed. Then there was a recess of sorts. I played around with the kids and then came back and chatted with the school staff. I was also able to ride some log flume. vid posted below of the extreme action.
After play time, it was science museum time. I was loving the time spent there, as that stuff, even on an elementary level is always fun. There were all sorts of physical challenges (Double Dare) and it was just fun to chill with the kids on them. This time was over and then I went back on the bus, and just chatted with the kids the whole way back home.