I've chaperoned students (ages 15-30) to Japan over a dozen times, however this was my first visit to Edo Wonderland. This time I escorted an "official" delegation of students to our Sister HS, who organized our activities each day. When i saw this on the schedule I expected a rather cheesy, unexciting place. I was completely in error. Students and teachers all enjoyed every minute, even in a hard rainfall (20 min or so and it was over, thankfully). One simply could not be outside in it, and a tea shop beckoned me in then served free hot tea to myself and the students who followed...! We enjoyed the Mizugei (water show, go here first) and street entertainers, the beautiful architecture and small (free!) museums (firefighters was an outstanding example). Students visited two rather gruesome museums and suggested I not visit. They know me well. We ALL loved the ninja shows! First "Ninja Theatre" displayed a story anyone could follow (I speak Japanese, however not all my students have strong skills) and outstanding tumbling/stagefighting. It was a bit cheesy, but totally fun. The best? Save it for last ~ THE RAVEN!!! Taking place in the home of a ninja, the set was impressive and the actor's skills were breathtaking. A very international audience, all totally involved. Each show has a charming "English" introduction. Relax and enjoy it ~ the cast members surely do! No need to spend extra on dressing up and such.... take photos with cast members and enjoy the scenery.
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