The weekend of onsen and Darumas

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TUJ students in front of a steam locomotive bound for Minakami hot springs. The beginning to a long weekend of adventure.

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View of the top of the train

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We were welcomed to Minakami by the captain. Mike Allen (Main Campus) and Amanda Entenberg (Main Campus) pose upon arrival.

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Beautiful view of the river in Suwa Gorge

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We observed a man bungee jump from the bridge. Unfortunately, none of the TUJ students participated.

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Then we went to a glass-blowing factory and museum. Here are a bunch of TUJ students watching the process . (Pictured: Louis Graup, Alex Chisar and Ryan Fish)

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The railings outside were covered in amazing hang-made glass animals and objects.

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Tree at the bottom of Ikaho Shrine. People were writing their wishes on these pieces of paper and hanging them up here.

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Then it began to rain so we ran for cover. Pictured: Eric Mousin, Alex Kosaka and Darrel Kurogawa

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And a couple of us went to a indoor archery range. (Pictured: Trevor Flournoy from Champlain College)

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A bunch of Kewpies at the Toy & Doll Museum

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Darrel Kurogawa plays pinball as other TUJ students cheer him on

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At the end of the museum trip, we even got to paint our own miniature Kewpies!

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Next, we went to the Shorinzan Daruma-ji Temple for an introduction to darumas

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Eric Mousin and I pose in front of a giant Daruma

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Finally, we went to daimon-ya where we all got to paint our own Darumas! Ours didn’t turn out quite as well as the ones in the shop

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