Starting tomorrow, February 1, 2016, Meiji University will begin accepting applications for this year's summer programs. There are three different programs to choose from which are Japanese Language, Cool Japan, and Law in Japan. Each program has a different deadline so be sure to check out the website for more details.
I meant to post this several months ago, but never got around to finishing it until now.
On Sunday November 15th 2015, Komae-Shi had a festival (まつり, 祭り) in the morning and afternoon hours. I wandered around for a bit, but I of course hanged around the food for the most part.
The weather forecast expected it to rain all day, but fortunately the sky cleared up for the event. Despite this miracle it had already rained all morning which caused the minor nuisance of the Komaedaiichi Elementary School field having become very muddy. As a result my nice dress shoes got dirty.
Matsuri's are Japanese festivals that have many stands that sell food and toys and usually there are some games as well.
One such game at this matsuri was a variant of the game called Goldfish scooping (きんぎょすくい, 金魚掬い) where one tries to catch as many fish as possible until the paper scooper (ポイ) breaks. At this matsuri the fish were substituted with bouncy balls. Bouncy balls are called Super Balls in Japan so therefore this version of the game is called Super Ball scooping (スーパーボールすくい). I didn't play this time around, but in the past I have played the original Goldfish scooping version which is even more challenging because the fish avoid the scooper and once caught they are likely to flop around which increases the risk of breaking the paper scooper. Regrettably I didn't take a photo of the stand, but this image hopefully gives the general idea.
Another game at this matsuri was Bingo. I didn't participate in this game either...