Aside from soccer...

My team has been beyond blessed this past week not only to play a sport we love, but to spend time with amazing people along the way. And I don't use amazing lightly. Yesterday, for instance, some of us were able to partake in a traditional tea ceremony with a woman named Toshiko in her beautiful home. She is 80 years old, became a Christian when she was 20, went to school in San Diego, and loved practicing her English on us. We also spent time with Kenshan (I think that's how you spell her name), our translator. She has been helping out the team for 10 years now, translating and playing soccer when they are short players.
We also had a little celebration for 4th of July. Next stop: Osaka.


  1. Looks like a ton of fun. Keep the updates and beautiful pics coming.

  2. Hi K! Looks like you're having a fabulous time. I'm so happy to see you experiencing your grandmother Shigeko's culture first hand. What an awesome blessing. xoxo