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Learning at Japan’s old elementary school

February 13, 2020

It’s so freezing, but we are going on a drive today And we’re in Seiyo city. Seiyo is also one of the cities in southern Ehime. I’m at the city hall right now to meet up with today’s guide. And I hope I’m at the right place but let’s go in. so everything went really really fast so I’m in a different car. Today I drove to Seiyo city but it usually take about an hour by train from Matsuyama. But we are heading down to a place called Nomura and we are visiting a silk museum. And we’re at Silk museum. Actually I didn’t know much about silk to be honest, I knew it was coming from a bug but that was pretty much it. And also I didn’t know about the fact that Seiyo city is famous for silk. There are 300 silk worm farmers in Japan and five of them are living in Seiyo city. And what makes it so special about this place is that the machine that they use is one of a kind in entire Japan. And before we go into the factory, let me give you a quick tour about this museum. And this is for Japanese emperor. And I’m allowed to touch it. It’s a very thin material. Each line is very very thin and he (the guide) said it’s almost impossible to make this anymore. Alright, now we know a little bit about silk, let’s go check out the factory. It’s kinda light. This is the final version of silk. And then they ship it in this box over here. It’s pretty light. And now we get to make a coaster out of silk. I think I like this color. I’m gonna go with this white to make the purple stand out. Alright, let’s get started. Yaaay. I’m loving it. Alright, now my neck is kinda stiff lol. But yeah, let’s go get some food. And we are here at “Donburikan.” Ready guys? Ta-da. Oh my god, like one slice of sashimi is so big. Look at the size! So big. Oh my god. Do you guys remember “chirimen” from Ikata video? Sashimi, chirimen and rice, prefect combination. We’ve got a surprise (by the owner)! We’ve got “jakoten.” So now you know jakoten is everywhere in Ehime. Probably, Ehime’s famous for jakoten and not oranges anymore lol. Itadakimasu. So good. I really like this. Alright, I ate it all. I guess I’m gonna probably walk around the town and see what’s out there cuz like the weather is nice and I have to kinda digest a little bit so let’s get going. So in this little neat shop, I’m going to change in to Kimono. Alright! So we’re all done I’ll give you the full body shot. I’m really liking this “obi” though. It’s gorgeous. We’re heading to “Kaimei school.” It used to be an old elementary school. Let’s go. So in the classroom, we can experience a class in Meiji . So let’s have a seat and see how it’s gonna go. (In old Kanji) Book, Brush, Ink, Paper, Ink stone Chou chou? That’s correct. There’s one thing I wanna point out, a long time ago, I don’t know when they actually changed it, but Japanese used to read from right to left, not left to right. Because originally Japanese was going from the top to down (bottom), and then they started importing English and what not and then they started writing horizontally, but because they were used to write from right to left, so they were writing from right to left. So that’s actually a neat fact about Japanese. And then now they changed to left to right like other languages. And now we’re heading down to “rice museum.” The name is kinda interesting but I don’t think we’re learning about rice. We’re here to wipe the floor. The floor is actually 109 m long. So if I wanna get these shiny ones, then I gotta beat this time. Oh well. This facility used to be an elementary school. And now this place is famous for a “floor wiping race.” Anyway, this is the start. This is it right here On your mark, get set, GO! I’m done. I don’t even wanna hear the time. Oh God So my time is… And if I was, ah, I’m running out of breath. If I was TWO seconds faster than this, then I would’ve gotten a bronze not a purple. but I think this is good enough. Anyway, this is the end


  • Reply Weston February 12, 2020 at 6:34 pm

    amazing video

  • Reply M Fauze February 12, 2020 at 6:44 pm

    Seiyo city 👍

  • Reply Sherry Y February 12, 2020 at 6:48 pm

    Would you like to try the 109 m floor wiping race?😁 If so how fast do you think you can run? Wipe? Lol

  • Reply Enigma Dave February 12, 2020 at 6:53 pm

    Wow! I knew that text was once written vertically, but I never knew that yokogaki (横書き), horizontal left-to-right writing, has only been around since the end of WWII.

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  • Reply Meau Country February 12, 2020 at 7:18 pm

    Wow… The silk manufacturing process looked amazing… the school is so traditional, fun and cute😊. Nice… please keep it up and never give up. You will one day see success. Btw hello from Australia 🇭🇲

  • Reply Apollo Haywood February 12, 2020 at 7:28 pm

    Great video! Learned a lot!

  • Reply ExVeritateLibertas February 12, 2020 at 7:33 pm

    You are beautiful. 🙂 And the content is good too. Wish you a lot more subscribers.

  • Reply Atomkukac1 February 12, 2020 at 7:38 pm

    This was too short. The school and the factory would worth a full video.

  • Reply Timothy Moose February 12, 2020 at 7:41 pm

    I love your personality, your videos, and those earrings! Lol

  • Reply MageThief February 12, 2020 at 7:42 pm

    Soooo, did you graduate? 😂
    Oh I love that kind of instrument that the next video will show.

  • Reply Bram van Vliet February 12, 2020 at 7:48 pm

    Great video Sherry! Shikoku is so beautiful with all these amazing places to visit! I definitely will go back there again <3

  • Reply Kenny Y February 12, 2020 at 8:14 pm

    oh man the floor wiping race reminded me the my own races I used to do with friends in elementary school back when I lived in Japan. We all had to take turns and clean the classroom and floor after kyushoku (給食) / lunches! I used to dread it but honestly is one of the happiest memories looking back now 🙂

  • Reply Terence Fullick February 12, 2020 at 8:51 pm

    As always, a wonderful, interesting, informative and fun video from Sherry. Arigatou gozaimasu……

  • Reply Dynamic 156 February 12, 2020 at 9:07 pm

    Another excellent video. I’m thrilled to see quality and consistency maintained. I know sometimes it’s difficult to search for new content but you’re doing wonderfully. You get the shiniest medal in my book.🥰🥰😘

  • Reply Jesus February 12, 2020 at 9:14 pm

    Yes Senpai.

  • Reply Robert Dockery February 12, 2020 at 11:04 pm

    Yay, Sherry is in the "Clean Plate" club. Will Floor Wiping be in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo?

  • Reply Akira 38 February 12, 2020 at 11:25 pm

    And they say that even to this day, Sherry is still wiping that same floor, trying to earn the coveted bronze medal =)

  • Reply Martial Bachoffner February 12, 2020 at 11:43 pm

    I shall challenge you on the floor wiping!

  • Reply John Go February 12, 2020 at 11:45 pm

    I was half expecting cooked silk worms when you opened the bowl. 😆

  • Reply Paul Boakes February 13, 2020 at 2:09 am

    " I know that silk comes from the bug 🐛", lol 😂. Don't get too technical. I love reading about the Meiji period and I think of it as Japan's Victorian era. The industrial 🏭 revolution. Top show 👌 💞

  • Reply burritos1000 February 13, 2020 at 3:04 am

    Wow. I've been watching your videos for a while now and at first, the area around Ehime is such a rural area that there wasn't much of anything to see, or do there. At least that was the impression I got from the videos at first.

    You've been introducing these neat places and it's turning out to be more than just farm lands…and you're still within the island. It's looking a lot more like a place where I'd want to retire to. At the least, I'd want to visit there someday. No, I don't really care for the busy, noisy, crowded areas like Tokyo.

    Thanks for the videos. I hope you don't run out of places to show from that island.

  • Reply daz dragon February 13, 2020 at 4:18 am

    good you didn't break your hand as you hit the wall. you should wear kimono everyday! so beautiful wearing it

  • Reply Luis Padilla February 13, 2020 at 6:55 am

    Sherry in yukata. Boom, winning.!

  • Reply CantankerousDave February 13, 2020 at 7:26 am

    How familiar are younger native speakers with 旧字体, the older style of kanji? 大字 are one thing since they're used on money, but the posters in the Meiji Era classroom are all the old stuff. Is it taught as part of 国語?

  • Reply Kellie Stimson February 13, 2020 at 10:52 am

    Is there a prize for the slowest ever time? – think I could win that 😂 Love sewing and learning about these areas. Heading to Tohoku on my next trip but the following trip will definitely be in Shikoku. I want to do a section of the 88 Temple Pilgrimage and see some of the beautiful area you’ve shown.

  • Reply hina February 13, 2020 at 10:55 am

    The sashimi looks so good 😊
    I always like the way you bite into foods. Still you are so skinny!

  • Reply Brandon Ali February 13, 2020 at 11:34 am

    Thanks for the video 🙏

  • Reply Andrew Norman February 13, 2020 at 12:24 pm

    Love your videos, Sherry! Please let me know if you ever do a US tour… would enjoy coming to a meetup.

  • Reply Anh Hoàng Trung February 13, 2020 at 5:41 pm

    Oranges master race !!

  • Reply TanukiDigital February 13, 2020 at 9:11 pm

    The writing direction only changed during the post-war American occupation… so fairly recent.

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