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Folk Fair 2010, Updates

Posted on Thursday November 11, 2010 at 10:10pm in ,

It’s been a while since I’ve written anything! Almost a whole month. It’s already November? Wait, it’s already half way through November? I’m so busy that this semester is just flying by. I can’t believe I only have four more weeks to get my grades up. This Sunday was the International Folk Fair, an event held every year by my school. JCS was ready to blow everyone away yet again. Here are the pictures:

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Fuey carrying the flag.

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Bryan teaching Joe how to make takoyaki.

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Sayaka and Yuki.

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Joe and Minori.

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Joe again. Doing origami this time.

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Our sushi chefs.

So there’s a long story about the sushi this year. Short story is this… Larry is finishing school in Minneapolis so we didn’t have him to make the sushi for us this year. This meant we had to teach some people how to make sushi for the fair. It didn’t go very well and I was kind of disappointed with how the sushi turned out. It definitely didn’t fit the bill compared to last year and the year before that. I think if we are going to do sushi without professionals next year, it will have to be done right or not at all. However, all the other food was a big hit. We had green tea and red bean flavored ice creams this year (both of which were great), delicious takoyaki and tonkatsu. We had several people get back in line for more takoyaki, so that was great!

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Fuey in the sumo suit.

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Yakisoba! Fried noodles and vegetables.

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This year’s menu. Doesn’t look as pretty as last year’s menu, unfortunately.

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We had a huge turnout this year.

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Sayaka making takoyaki.

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Mike and Olivia.

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Minori and I.

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Joe and I.

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These were my comfortable shoes for the fair. Japanese wooden clogs called “geta.”

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Olivia was very happy to try her hand at sushi making.

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JCS! (not an all-inclusive picture).

So, how did this year’s fair go? It went ok. Earnings wise, we didn’t have the best year, but not the worst year. It was an average year. I’m glad we managed to sell out the ice cream and that our food was such a big hit. I do feel bad about the sushi we put through (at about the same price as last year, when it was done professionally) but nothing can be done about that now. Next year we will try harder!

Speaking of next year, I went to see my adviser about my graduation plan. It turns out that I’m going to have another year and a half of school until I graduate. That means, if things go according to this plan I will have graduated in 5.5 years. This is fine with me, I suppose – since I was planning to have to stay another year anyway. The part I don’t like is that I am done with all of my graduation requirements except for a few classes in my major that can’t be taken concurrently. Literally I will have semesters with only 2 classes in them. Next semester will be my last full-time semester.

It will be nice to be done with school. Not that I am excited to be done so much as I will be relieved to have finished. 5.5 years is a long investment, especially when it’s not just time that is being invested, it’s money. 5.5 years of being broke and busy, and no guarantee of work. So, it will be nice to be done and I am hoping to finish as soon as possible. As for after graduation prospects, I am starting to consider the JET program, but I am not sure yet. As I still have some time before I graduate, I still have time to think on it.

Lastly, I’ve been thinking a lot about getting my own SLR camera lately. Chris has this really nice 35mm film camera which I think would be really fun to have: [ Link ]. I like the idea of owning a film camera, but would rather have a digital camera. Unfortunately, a DSLR is a little out of my price range. Then again, the film one isn’t exactly super cheap either.

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