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Happy New Year!
This is my first blog in 2012 - the year of the dragon!
Outside it is very cold and snowy now, but today I want to show you some pictures from September and October of 2011.
In September it was still nice and warm, perfect weather for the school's kayaking trip on Lake Biwa.
This is my third time kayaking with the 2nd year students, and I always enjoy it very much.
This year we had new kayaks, for two people.
Some students fell in the water, but everybody had a life jacket and teachers soon helped them.
It was very funny sometimes.
The weather was wonderful this year, and on the second day we saw many birds on the lake.
It was very beautiful to see them all flying together.
When we got back to Imazu everybody was tired but happy.
The kayak trip is always great fun, and I'm already looking forward to next years trip!
A few days later I was on another boat in Uji, with some friends, to watch ukai (cormorant fishing).
The boy with the hat is Nick, he teaches English in Kosei Junior High.
Next to him, wearing blue jeans, is Andrew. He teaches in Kutsuki Junior High.
'Ukai' uses birds and fire to catch fish.
The fire makes it easy for the birds to see the fish and to catch them.
Then you can take the fish out of the birds mouth.
The birds can't eat the fish because of a special ring on thier neck.
After fishing they take off the ring and the birds can eat some of the fish.
Ukai is a very interesting part of Japanese culture, and very relaxing to watch.
I think I will go again next year.