Choir camp, day 1. Or, my lonely (?)days are over – 聖歌隊合宿の一日目

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Until 2:00 pm this afternoon I was the king of all I surveyed (at Minami-so B&B, anyway). I had a slow 3 hour morning walk though the village, re-checking the places I have grown to know over the past ten years of visits. This house is more run down, that shop was rebuilt, that part of the beach has washed away, etc. Photos of my walk can be seen below. As you can see, the weather was fabulous – spring has come! (Just where was it when I needed it on Sunday?)
今日の午後まで、泊まっている宿(みなみ荘)は私だけの貸切状態でした。10年前から岩井に来ていますので、3時間の散歩で色々な好きな場所との再会でした。数枚の写真が文章の下にあります。見れば分かるように、春が来ました。桜も、菜の花も美しく咲いています。(日曜日のひどい天気はなんだったでしょう!)

This afternoon the Rikkyo chapel choir arrived, and I now have 33 close associates with whom I share meals, rehearsals, meetings, etc. Unlike the years we go to England on tour, this week in Iwai is a time to brush up on basic singing skills, as well as to work on the music for this semester. It is also a time to eat enormous amounts of locally-grown and produced Japanese food. My dinner consisted of all these dishes:
今日2時ごろ聖歌隊が無事に到着しましたので、昨日と違って、今33人といっしょに暮らしています。聖歌隊がイギリスを訪問する年と違って、今週は基本の技術、そして、今学期の曲目に集中する期間です。充実した1週間になると思います。最後に、みなみ荘の食事。毎回すごいごちそうです。太ります!今夜の食事は以下の通りです。はい、これは一人分でした。

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Yes Gloria, those were all mine.
At choir camp one discovers interesting things about students. Such as the fact that Mr. T loves shrimp tails. Here he is, consuming a plate full of them. Are you ok, T? 最後に、合宿中、学生たちの好き嫌い、などについての情報が豊富にゲット出来ます。例えば、Mr. Tと海老の関係。以下の通り、他のメンバーが残す尻尾を食べてくれます。大丈夫ですか、Tさん?

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We continue with the hilarity tomorrow. 6 hours of rehearsals, three full meals and one meeting should keep everyone busy, I imagine.

Photos from the village of Iwai:

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