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Zazen and Minato Mirai tour – Yokohama trip for international students

On May 23rd, 2015, twenty-four international students enjoyed "Zazen and Minato Mirai tour – Yokohama trip for international students".
Taking a picture at Soujiji-temple

Taking a picture at Soujiji-temple

First, they visited Soujiji-temple in Tsurumi, and tried zazen. Trainee monks taught them about zazen manners such as "gasshou", "shashu", "gasshou teizu", "kekkafuza"(how to cross legs), and "hangan"(eye position). After two hours long zazen, they had shoujin(vegetarian) dishes.
Calm your mind, sit in zazen-style

Calm your mind, sit in zazen-style

Enjoy shoujin dishes

Enjoy shoujin dishes

In the afternoon, the international students boarded Sea Bus from East exit of Yokohama station to Yamashita Park, looking over Minato Mirai from the sea.
They could see luxury cruise ships from Italy and France anchored at Osanbashi(big bridge).
Picture with Hikawa maru ship

Picture with Hikawa maru ship

Later, the group went to Cup Noodle Museum, and Orbi Yokohama. At Cup Noodle museum, they learned history of instant noodles, and looked at the exhibits. At Orbi Yokohama, they experienced various activities including virtual flight simulation, extremely cold weather, and underwater walking.
Find a big cup noodle!

Find a big cup noodle!

Actual-size wild animals appear on the giant screen!

Actual-size wild animals appear on the giant screen!

This trip gave international students a chance to experience Japanese culture, and to spend a great time in Minato Mirai.

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