It was Hirosaki University's turn to host the camp so I felt I couldn't refuse this year. I headed up to Aomori (from Takayama near Sendai) on the 20th. The camp was August 21 - 24 and the 22nd was my birthday.
Me with Shino - I was chief cook
Philip, Andrea, and Michiko - my kitchen staff
Birthday present from Andrea
Translation: Happy Birthday, Laurie!
Birthday present from the students
The weather cooled off (a little) and I didn't have to cook much on my birthday because they ordered in Obento at noon and some of the Aomori churches hosted a barbecue in the evening. (My birthday present from God.)