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Nagasaki Lantern Festival

Posted by [email protected] on February 11, 2014 at 2:05 AM Comments comments (1)

Thank you to everyone who came to our lantern festival and Shannon's baby shower event! 

Since we were unable to have a baby shower for Shannon when Lyla was born, we were thrilled with opportunity to give her a shower for her new baby. After dinner, we played three games: Baby Around the World (match the word "baby" to the correct language), The Price is Right (Identify the correct price for each baby item) and Guess Mommy's Tummy Size. It was hilarious to watch everyone cut pieces of yarn to guess the size of Shannon's baby bump. Congratulations to all our winners! Hope you all had a great time!

The lantern festival was beautiful as ever, and it was a surprisingly warm night on February 2 so we were able to enjoy all the sights without having to huddle together for warmth. We even got to watch a Nagasaki high school group perform the dragon dance and enjoy some fireworks.

Looking forward to seeing you all soon for the oyster barbecue! 

International Friendship Day

Posted by [email protected] on August 23, 2013 at 3:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Did you know that International Friendship Day is held annually on July 30th? The United National General Assembly made International Friendship Day official in July of 2011. However, the idea of a day designated for friendship has been around for nearly 100 years. Joyce Hall, founder of Hallmark Cards, originally promoted the concept in the 1920`s and 30`s. While the holiday gained speed initially, eventually it met with criticism, being seen as a commercial gimmick. Friendship Day wained in popularity until the late 1950`s, when Dr. Artemio Bracho of Paraguay proposed an international day of friendship to be held annually on July 20th. The holiday again picked up steam, becoming popular in several South American countries before going global with its recognition by the United Nations.

We may have missed our chance officially this year, but we can still promote friendship, international and local, on a daily basis. By taking time to talk, share stories, and exchange cultural customs through education and public awareness we can continue to honor friendship and love.