Yesterday was our last day to sleep in, which I tried to do (and was unable). Class was normal, and our club activity was the pottery club. I learned quickly that I wasn’t good at pottery, and while the club members were patient and helpful, I didn’t have a good time due to my own clumsiness. After was Oomura-sensei’s class, in which we finally gave our presentations, none of which was good. I say that without malice, since we really didn’t have much time to put them together, what with the last-minute notification and our being pretty busy since we’d gotten to Japan.We were asked to go to dinner by our friends there, but Oomura-sensei and one of the high-ranking people at Kindai treated us to ちゃんこ鍋 (the traditional sumo weight-gaining stew), which was full of meats and cabbage and a soy-sauce base. Delicious. We also had fries, potato salad, fried chicken chunks, and various other little dishes. Seriously, the table was full when we got there, and they kept coming in and adding things for us to eat (even refilling the nabe pot at one point). We also got bottomless Asahi beer (or cola, for those who didn’t want to drink). By the end of the night, I was full to bursting, and had a little too much to drink, but we all had a great time. As we left, the owner asked if he could have our picture for the website, and gave us a bottle of sake as a gift (which a few of us are sharing as I type this).
Heaven came to Mike’s and my room afterward, and we all talked until it was time for bed.