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p1000849.JPGp1000846.JPGp1000843.JPG From NYC where things are full of uncertainties in the market, I came back to Tokyo, just in time for the new academic year at ICS. This is such an exciting time of the year for us at ICS, as we welcome a new class. We go to Mt. Takao for the teambuilding exercise for two days before we start the Foundation Week. 
  I was able to join BBQ dinner on the first night after I finished two meetings in Tokyo!  (See the photo on the right).  The students are very good at cooking BBQ, enjoying food, and cleaning the place very quickly to start the evening program.

  During the evening program, all the members of the incoming class did introduction in pairs. Each person in a pair introduces the other; by giving three words in 60 seconds (I believe it was 60 seconds each).  
  I was very impressed with the way they do it with some sense of humor and some words we can remember.  All of us has the list of students with their photos and can jot down some words to remember each one of them. By the end of two day exercise, they all know each other!   

   In the morning of the second day, they did the High Element of the team building. I was given a chance to explain how to put the harness (to keep us safe).  Hideki showed me how to do it and I demonstrated to all the members. I felt much honored to be given this role.(photo in the middle is myself with students listening to the explanation by Hideki.)   I wanted to stay as I love high places (I used to climb the trees when I was in grade school! I love flying, too), but had to leave as I had to tape the TV show in Tokyo.  I will make sure that I stay for the second day so that I can try high elements. (See the photo on the left) 

  One thing that was different this year was that some students of the incoming class mentioned my blog; in particular, they seemed to like my bear stories.  It was nice to find that some people visited my blog and seem to know what I have been doing. This is the benefit of ICT!  

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    • yishikura
    • August 30th, 2010

    Dear Brooke, John and PJ, this is Yoko Ishikura. Thanks for your comment re: importance of team building from various aspects. Greatly appreciated.

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    • yishikura
    • October 3rd, 2010

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    • yishikura
    • September 8th, 2011

    Dear Ambrose, this is Yoko Ishikura. Thank YOU for your comment.

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