Nov. 27, 2007
Stanford Women's Lacrosse is currently in Japan for a 9-day international tour. Here is Day 8 from their adventure in the rising sun:
Sadly the final full day has come; but what a fantastic trip it has been! The team came back together this morning after our first night with our Japanese host families. Some teammates enjoyed a much needed home cooked meal while others experienced the Japanese culture (like the public baths), but overall there was lots of great stories shared and love for our new families.
When we reached our locker room we had a meal fit for champions and organized for the clinic. The Tamagawa team warmly welcomed us and we were ready to teach our skills. We started with the stick game, Japanese style, and continued to shuttle lines, stick tricks, position drills, and the best drill ever. We ended our time with the Tamagawa team by full field scrimmaging in our separate teams and later mixing the teams together. It was a great experience to spread the game of lacrosse through teaching and to see others who truly are excited by the game. The Japanese absorbed all they could and had a great spirit (as you could hear from the side lines). After the clinic, we had a small dance break. The team came together to work on a skit that demonstrated some American dancing. After the Soulja boy, Macarana, Cha Cha slide, and High school musical dance were perfected, it was time to get ready for our final game in Japan.
Mistral was the number one team in Japan last year and they have the talent to prove it. They are a very quick team with good stick skills, but we were able keep our composure and take control. In the end we won 10-6 and added another win to our victories in Japan. After the game we walked to our welcome/good-bye banquet for a dinner and a ceremony.
The Mistral team, the Tamagawa team, and our host families joined us for the festivities and dinner. The food was delicious and it was wonderful getting to know the Japanese players. The Tamagawa team followed our dance with an equally amazing performance. Later, we were taught Japanese calligraphy and were given a hip, Japanese head band. The final appreciation was given to all who organized our visit and it was time to say goodbye. We separated and returned to our host families for a final and fabulous night in Japan.