Otsukaresama Deshita. My Final Week in Japan

My last week in Japan was as eventful as the rest. I was hosted this week by the Sakuma-sans. They were a fun family to be around, and I thoroughly enjoyed adopting Rikuto as my little brother for the week. My host mother, Kayoko spoke good English, which made my week that little bit easier….

Japan Under 15 Finals

Last week, I returned to Akishima, to continue helping Bebe and Komatsu san out with running school clinics. I was hosted by the Honda’s, who are a beautiful family, that made me feel so very welcome. Despite the big language barrier, I found it very easy to communicate with them, and enjoyed their company. I…

Japan Cup Finals and Sano Recreation Festival

It was a busy week in Sano this week, in the preparations for the weekends Japan Cup Finals, and Sano’s Recreation Festival. I worked alongside Yoshi and Ohtorii, attending more school clinics. Ben from England is also in Sano to help out with JCA, so it was good to spend some time running clinics with…

Cricket in Kinder

Last week I had the privilege of bringing cricket into a local kindergarten in Akishima. With children aged 3-5 years old, many, if not all of them had never heard of cricket before. So it was a good opportunity to bring cricket where it hadn’t previously been. The children appeared to enjoy all the catching and…

A Week of Cricket in Akishima

I have settled into Akishima well, thanks to Masumi Nakano san, my homestay host, who manages to overfeed me everyday with delicious Japanese food. Tempura squid may have been the most interesting (omoshiroi) and delicious (oishī) dish that she served up this week. She has quickly become like a mother to me, and despite the…

One Week Down

Kon’nichiwa, I have been in Japan for a week now, however I have seen and done so much that it feels like a lot longer. Thanks to Naoki, I have gone sightseeing every morning before heading into the JCA office.   I have seen places such as The City Office, Soshuji Temple, Izuruharabenten Pond and…

Arrival in Japan

This year, I have been chosen to be the Cricket Without Borders (CWOB) intern with the Japan Cricket Association (JCA). I arrived here on September 10 and am here until October 23. Whilst in Japan, I will be staying in Sano and Akishima where I’ll be helping run the Akishima Bhukatsu (after school cricket programs),…

Goodbye Japan!

I am leaving Japan tomorrow after a fantastic month over here. I genuinely cannot believe how fast this month has gone, I feel like I only arrived last week. I also can’t believe how much I have managed to do in one month…so many school visits, club practices, heaps of cricket blast sessions, sightseeing and…

Cricket Blast

Over my time in Japan I attended 5 cricket blast sessions, 1 in Yokohama, 1 in Akishima and 3 in Sano. Blast days are a great chance for the junior cricketers to play blast games and put into practice the skills they are learning at their schools and junior clubs. It also gives beginners a chance to…

Chuo University CC and Akishima CC Feature Match

I got the opportunity to play a match in Akishima on Sunday 6 December as a feature game before the weekly Akishima cricket blast session. The match was between the Women’s Chuo University team and the Junior boys and girls from the Akishima Cricket Club. The juniors have played a lot of cricket blast before,…

Akishima School Visits

On Monday I moved from Sano to Akishima to promote cricket in a different area of Japan. Akishima sits on the outskirts of Tokyo and is an area that has recently been introduced to cricket but has had support from the school board and has rapidly grown. I have been running clinics with  Bebe Miyaji, a…

Sightseeing in Japan

On my weekend I took the opportunity to see some of the sites of Japan. I went up to Nikko on the train to see the Toshogu Shine and some of the other temples and sites of Japan. It was my first experience using the train system on my own but thanks to a detailed…