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Groff’s Girl Guest Post From Japan

Groff’s Girl Guest Post From Japan

Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and

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  1. Anna

    This was so fun to read! I hope you all are okay in Japan after what has happened. I imagine things are much changed.

    1. Groff's Girl

      We were safe here on island. It was very scary and heart wrenching to see the worry and concern for family members and friends on the mainland. I teach at a Japanese school, a teacher’s family lives right where it hit. She waited 3 days to hear anything and luckily they are safe. It is surreal to be so close to this devestation! I was able to have all of my students (and others in the school) bring in whatever warm clothes, baby items, etc that they had to give and on of my parents (a student’s parents) had them shipped directly to a shelter. It is difficult to not be able to do more at this time!! I am grateful for my safety and now am just praying for others to be safe!

      1. Lisa Eirene

        I’m so glad you guys are safe! It must be really hard to be so close to the devastation and seeing the horrors. 🙁

  2. Sue Ellen

    I enjoyed your post Amanda. We had Japanese exchange students stay with us when I was in highschool.learning about their culture was so much fun. What has been the most interesting thing you’ve learned in living there?

    Congrats on your first race!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Sue-I think Amanda has caught the race bug! I imagine she’ll be doing a few after she kicked butt in the first one. 🙂

    2. Groff's Girl

      There are so many things I have learned, but one important one would be respect. You give and receive respect A LOT here! Many times it is with a bow (which I do constantly out of habit). When you enter a home, a store, or any place that you woudl greet a person, you bow. If you are in the car, or somewhere that you are not standing, you bow your head. When you say good-bye or thank you- you bow. I just bow all of the time as a sign of respect whether it is required or not! People are kind, accomodating and sincerely want to be generous to one another! It is nice to see people treat others (complete strangers) with respect and care!

      Lisa- you are totally right! I just blogged about running another 5K yesterday 🙂

      1. Lisa Eirene

        I also had Japanese exchange students –in middle school I think? And I was pen pals with them when they went home. I remember the respect thing. It’s very cool and it’s a shame other cultures aren’t more like that.

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