We met the school in the morning, loaded up the bus with equipment, bags, and children, and left about 8:30. It was really clear morning, the drive down the coast was really nice. Mt. Unzen was clearly visible across the Ariake Sea.
We arrived in Amakawa and took a short hike up Mt. Shibao. It was a nice walk through the forest with really nice views from the observation tower at the top. We could see Misumi Port and the five bridges of Amakusa. We had a snack of rice balls, before heading back down to the bus to continue on our way.
We stopped at Hondo beach to have lunch. It was really hot and sunny, so we sat in the shade to eat our food. Afterwards, we played with balls on the beach, and collected sand to use later for Rinchan’s sand art.
After a total of about three hours of driving, we arrived at our accommodation in Satsuki. Rinchan made pretty colored sand art in glass bottles with some of the kids, while the other teachers took the rest of the children fishing off the pier out front. It was fun, though some people were more comfortable than others handling the chuugoku-mushi we used as bait. We caught a few small garakabu, and a kisu, but unfortunately they managed to escape our bucket!
Benchan cooked a lot of yummy food on the barbecue which we all at together. We finished with some delicious fruit for dessert, thanks to Taro’s parents. We ate so much!
After dinner, we enjoyed fireworks including senko-hanabi and sparklers. All the kids had lots of turns.
One group of kids stayed at the bed & breakfast with Gyabachan and Rinchan. The rest, eight in total, went to as nearby park to camp for the night. The children were really helpful putting up the tent, we got it done pretty fast. Everyone fell asleep nearly immediately after turning off the lights, they must have been tired!