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    • Day 18

      Team Oren's Community Day

      August 1, 2015 in Japan ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

      After a long wait on a lovely air conditioned bus, we finally set off for our community themed day. The day began with a greeting from the mayor of Yamaguchi and some local Taiko drummers. The Mayor's warm and welcoming words started the day off wonderfully. Following this we visited a park of shrines, where the opportunity to take beautiful photos arose, including a photo near a five story pagonda. After a small stop for lunch we arrived at a Yamaguchi high school where a series of activities were awaiting our participation. After some greeting speeches including a riviting speech by our very own Gwyn, all members of Oren patrol showed mind-blowing skills in all activities on offer. The activities available to us all included kendo, tea ceremonies, origarmi, Japanese archery, koto (harp like instruments that lay on the floor) playing and calligraphy. All were throughly enjoyed by members of Oren patrol and the pupils of the high school thoroughly enjoyed our visit (and poking Martin's stomach!)Read more

    • Day 60

      First days in Kyoto

      September 28, 2023 in Japan ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

      Geschrieben von Maike

      Ich bin seit einer reichlichen halben Woche in Kyoto angekommen und habe mich schon jetzt in die Stadt verliebt: Kleine Gassen, lange Fußwege oder Jogging-Runden am Kamo-Fluss, über den ab und zu Steine führen zum Überqueren für die Fußgänger, viele Restaurants und Cafés auf Stelzen im Wasser, buddhistische Tempel, Schreine, Hausfassaden aus Holz, Ginkgo- und japanische Ahornbäume, Maikos und Geikos (ähnlich wie Geishas), Kraniche und Graureiher… ich könnte die Liste unendlich weiter führen.

      Das Hostel, in welchem ich arbeite, ist sehr komfortabel, da ich mir mit meinen 3 Mitfreiwilligen ein ganzes Gebäude teile, welches zur Zeit wegen geringer Gästezahl für die eigentlichen Gäste nicht genutzt wird. Daher habe ich nicht nur ein Einzelzimmer, sondern kann sehr häufig auch den kompletten Gemeinschaftsraum mit Sofas, Tatamimatten und flachem Tisch für mich nutzen, wenn meine Mitfreiwilligen mal nicht da sind. Im Gegensatz zum Hostel in Hiroshima ist das ein wirkliches Upgrade an Privatsphäre! Außerdem kann ich innerhalb von 10 Minuten zu Fuß die Innenstadt erreichen. Gerade sitze ich am friedvollen Kamo-Fluss, an dessen Ufer abends um die Uhrzeit viele Menschen quatschen und entspannen. Bisher habe ich schon viele Spaziergänge durch die Stadt gemacht und deren alt-japanische Atmosphäre aufgesogen. Vor allem das historische Gion-Viertel, in welchem man viele Geishas in Kimono spazieren sieht und alle möglichen Läden für japanische Süßigkeiten, Kimonos, Kunst, Tee und Keramik findet, hat mich sehr beeindruckt. Ein paar hundert Meter weiter fand ich mich in einer gegensätzlich zum Gion-Viertel sehr modern ausgebauten Shopping-Straße wieder, in der es von Touristen nur so wimmelte… Noch ein bisschen weiter bin ich in den Gassen des Nishiki-Marktes geschlendert, welcher eine reiche Vielfalt an lokalen Köstlichkeiten (z.B. Sushi, getrockneter Fisch, Pickles = eingelegtes saures Gemüse, Dango-Reisbällchen auf dem Spieß), Kunst und Keramik bietet.


      English version

      I arrived in Kyoto half a week ago and have already fallen in love with the city: Small alleys, long footpaths or jogging laps along the Kamo River over which stones lead for pedestrians to cross every now and then, many restaurants and cafes on stilts in the water, Buddhist temples, shrines, wooden house facades, ginkgo and Japanese maple trees, maikos and geikos (similar to geishas), cranes and gray herons... I could continue the list endlessly.

      The hostel I work in is very comfortable as I share an entire building with my 3 fellow volunteers. This building is normally used for other guests but because we don’t have many at the moment, it’s only for the volunteers. Therefore, I don’t only have my private room but very often I can also use the entire common area with sofas, tatami mats and flat table for myself when the other volunteers are not there. Unlike the hostel in Hiroshima, this is a real upgrade in privacy! Plus, I can get to downtown within a 10-minute walk. Right now, I'm sitting by the peaceful Kamo River with many people chatting and relaxing on its banks at this time of night. So far, I have taken many walks through the city and soaked up its old Japanese atmosphere. I found the historic Gion district especially impressive because you could see many geishas walking in kimono and all kinds of stores for Japanese sweets, kimonos, art, tea and ceramics. A few hundred meters further, I found myself in a shopping street that was very modern in contrast to the Gion district and full of tourists... A little further on, I strolled through the alleys of the Nishiki market which offers a rich variety of local delicacies (e.g. sushi, dried fish, pickles = pickled sour vegetables, dango rice balls on a skewer), art and ceramics.
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    • Day 189

      Arround Yamaguchi

      May 28, 2020 in Japan ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

      This guy, I forgot his name and lost his contact, he showed me around Yamaguchi prefecture and invite me to a dinner with his grandparents. After that he offered me a bed to spend the night, which is quite surprising in Japan. For the record he was born the same day and same year as me..Read more

    • Day 15

      Opening ceremony (from the front row!)

      July 29, 2015 in Japan ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

      So we've ended up in the front row of the opening ceremony and it's going to be incredible! The sun is shining still and everyone is very toasty.
      Everyone has done lots of swapping today and has had great fun!
      Further updates to follow...
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    • Day 15

      Jamboree update!!

      July 29, 2015 in Japan ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

      Sorry for the lack of posts recently, we've had a lot to do to set up our site and get everything ready for all our visitors!! We'll get the blog updated with all or hoho stories as soon as possible - sorry if it takes a while... It's because we are having so much fun!!Read more

    • Day 5


      March 24, 2014 in Japan ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

      Heute fuhren wir weiter nach Iwakuni, wo die Kintai-Brücke steht. Die 200m lange Kintai-Brücke wurde 1673 gebaut und gilt als eine der schönsten Holzbogenbrücken Japans.

      Danach fuhren wir mit einer Seilbahn zur Burg von Iwakuni, in welchem sich ein Museum über Rüstungen und Waffen befindet.

      Endlich war es auch soweit. Wir sahen die ersten Kirschblüten.
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    • Day 31

      Day 30: Floating Torii

      April 15 in Japan ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

      Itsukushima (the island popularly known as Miyajima) and its shrine with the famous floating Torii (gate). It was so inspiring that each one of us expressed himself in different ways in front of it 😂 An island full of deers moving freely around tourists. Did you know that they like eating Sakura flowers? By chance in the rainy afternoon we ended up in a ryokan facing the famous Kintai Bridge (錦帯橋, Kintai-kyō), an historical wooden arch bridge, in the city of Iwakuni, beautiful!Read more

    • Day 23

      Water, Water, Water!

      August 6, 2015 in Japan ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

      Yesterday was definitely a high point for the unit. We woke up early for our day based around (as you may have guessed by the title) water! We headed off to a centre where we tried paddle boarding. It's fair to say that a lot of us may have spent most of our time swimming instead which no one was complaining about. In this heat, any water is greatly appreciated. Following this, we went and assembled some lucky charms (the time it took us to make it means that they can't have been that lucky). Throughout all of this our spirits were high because we knew what was next. We took a final bus to the beach where we were going to go swimming. We got there and had to wait for a little while but eventually we got to go swimming. We were all ecstatic and Martin even grew some seaweed hair! When we had to leave, we were all sad but cheerful with big smiles on our face.Read more

    • Day 21

      Oren Patrol's Community Day (part 2)!

      August 4, 2015 in Japan ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

      Hi it's Gwyn here and this is my perspective of our community day. Sword-fighting, painting performances and five-storey pagodas; it was a thrilling day for Oren patrol.

      The day began with a speech by the Mayor of Yamaguchi which was followed by a dynamic performance of Taiko drumming.

      As per usual we felt like zombies stepping into the sun, burning up as we entered a traditional Japanese park. Here we found a shrine to Buddha and a five-storey pagoda from the 15th Century, ranked third most beautiful in Japan.

      Fortunately, the burning alive couldn't ruin our mood. Spurred outwards by ice-cream and incredible views of the park, Oren travelled to Yamaguchi high school, similar by sight to one in the UK. Approaching waves and smiles, a true sense of "Community" did indeed pervade the atmosphere.

      Here we partook in kendo (Japanese sword fighting), a tea ceremony, archery, origami and caligraphy. My favourite part of the day wad watching a shodo performance by students. This effectively, involved watching paint dry to music, yet it was definitatively one of the most exciting ten minutes of the trip. Shodo involves the painting on Japanese symbols (caligraphy) by multiple students on one massive canvas, during Japanese music, which was more suited to a nightclub than a high school, plays incredibly loudly with swinging brushes and suprisingly tuneful shouts, this was a performance which was dramatic, exciting and most of all, surreal. I enjoyed it thoroughly.

      It was hard to leave such an intriguing and fun-filled place, but I am sure the memories we made will not be forgotten.

      We were joined on this day by scouts from the Netherlands and Lebanon, and arriv3d back singing a playlist of Tom Jones, Queen and Bruno Mars (amidst many others). For me, it was my favourite day of the Jamboree. We engaged with the local community, we learned about their culture and sang with those we have never met before from areas we have never been to. This day was when I truly understood the purpose of the World Scout Jamboree and I'm sure that others feel the same. Five stars from Oren Patrol.
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    You might also know this place by the following names:

    Iwakuni, إواكوني, ایواکونی، یاماگوچی, Ngàm-koet-sṳ, Ivakuni, איוואקוני, IWK, 岩国市, ივაკუნი, 이와쿠니 시, Iwakuni-chhī, Ивакуни, Івакуні, 岩國市

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