Summer can feel kind of long.
For me, the summer break is when I get to reflect on the year gone and think "big picture" thoughts about what we're going to do in the next year.
But I know that the summer break can feel long for my students. I wanted to have an event in the holidays so we could spend time together, catch up on how everyone's summer has been, and hopefully speak some Japanese too.
I also just really wanted to have a barbecue. Everyone likes a barbecue, right?
I brought corn. Everyone else brought corn too. It was great.
An impressive selection of veggie and definitely-not-veggie food.
David tending the corn.
Phil brought mochi! ありがとうフィルさん！
Delicious Japanese-y desserts. ニックさん、ありがとう！
After the BBQ, Paul and Will of Sussex Aikido treated us to a mini Aikido demonstration.
There's a little video of this on the Step Up Japanese Facebook page too.
Old and new faces. みなさん来てくれてありがとう！
As usual I was having too much fun (and tending the BBQ too much) to remember to take an actual group photo...
The question is, what shall we bring to eat next year?
Just kidding, I'll definitely bring more corn again!
It was really good to see everyone again, and hearing everyone's news - and speaking some Japanese, of course.
Did you know the Japanese word for corn is... コーン ("kōn")? 🌽🌽🌽