Kaizen Volleyball Club in Japan – Day 2

On the second day of their trip, the team enjoyed a complimentary breakfast at their hotel before heading out to Osaka Castle. The castle was built in the sixteenth century and is one of Japan’s most famous landmarks. The players and families hiked to the top of the building to enjoy the views and headed back down to the shops to cool off with soft ice and other treats.

Kaizen Volleyball Club at Osaka Castle. PC – Tim.
Taking a break from the heat with some cool refreshments.

The group then ventured down to the Osaka International Peace Center, a museum dedicated to the remembrance of the the bombing of Osaka during World War II.

The women at Osaka Peace Museum.

After a team lunch – chicken karaage – at a local restaurant, we took the metro to Senri Kinran University for a 6:00 p.m. match and joint practice session. Senri Kinran is one of the top women’s collegiate teams in Osaka and their team amazed our girls with the speed of their offense and the tenacity of their defense. After the match, the Senri Kinran players led our team through several drills, and the evening ended with a mixed-team scrimmage.

Learning a new consequence for losing a drill.
Senri Kinran and Kaizen Volleyball Club

After the volleyball, Senri Kinran invited us to dine with them. Their team prepared a meal that their culinary students explained was the “Japanese Athlete’s Diet.” We enjoyed musubi, chicken, cold cuts, soup, and salads. After dinner we exchanged shirts and other omiyage before bidding farewell.

Senri Kinran players posing for photos before serving the meal.
More Senri Kinran volleyball hosts.
Explaining the Japanese Athlete’s Diet.
Senri Kinran and Kaizen players enjoying the “athlete’s dinner.”

We were honored and humbled by the hospitality shown by Senri Kinran. It was a great way to start our journey.