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Sunday, 18 February 2018


A Meditative Act of Charity at Saint Maur International School.

"My husband and I both hail from Oregon, in the United States, but we have now been living in Japan together for 26 years. Our son attends Saint Maur International School in Yokohama, Japan. Saint Maur has an amazing Adult Enrichment Program that offers over 80 classes and tours throughout the year, all led by parents and community members. Participants can take French, Chinese, English, or Spanish. They can learn to prepare signature dishes from many countries. As for the arts, they can sign up to practice Ikebana (Japanese flower arrangement), drama, singing, or origami. The program offers tours to history museums, sake factories—you name it, the list is endless. My friends knew I was crocheting for KAS and wanted me to teach them, so I decided to offer a 'Knitting Blankets' class through Saint Maur’s Adult Enrichment program." - Julie Harrington

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