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Each match only lasted for about 10 seconds but you could tell it was physically draining. After they practiced wrestling they did conditioning. One wrestler would push another across the ring several times till they could not physically do so. They also did a crouching walk around the circle, which looked very tiring. Concluding the workout they stretched and we were impressed how flexible for how big they are. They also performed a prayer to a shrine set up at the head of the Dojo. One of the wrestlers came up to us after and gave us permission to take pictures with him. It was a great experience and we are all glad we got to see the sumo wrestling in person.

From sumo, we went directly to Tokyo Disney. The team was allowed to split up and report back to the bus by 5:00 p.m., which gave everyone five hours to enjoy. Everyone had a great time. The ride favorites were Splash Mountain and Thunder Mountain. Tokyo Disney had a lot of similarities as Disney World in Orlando, The trip to Tokyo Disney was even more special to some of the guys who had never visited Disney before.

Tonight is a free night for dinner on our own with an early wake up at 4:00 a.m. We will be meeting our JLA hosts in the lobby at 4:30 a.m. and head over to Tokyo International Airport (Haneda) for a 6:55 a.m. departure on Delta. With a stop in Detroit, we should arrive in La Guardia at 9:09 a.m.

Thursday, June 7
After a long day that started in the wee hours of the morning and ended just "four hours" later, the team is back home in New York, safe and sound. The 13-hour bumpy flights and the time change has made most of us look forward to sleep-maybe until next week- in our own beds. But while we are happy to be home, we will never forget the experiences we all enjoyed and the new friendships that were made.

Despite the distance between New York and Tokyo, with email, Facebook and other social media outlets, the world is a much smaller place. I am sure that we will be staying in touch with our friends in Japan in the future and they will be staying in touch with us, as well.

We are extremely grateful to everyone who helped make our trip a memory for a lifetime including: the Japan Lacrosse Association including JLA President Hiroshi Kimura; the Honorable Masami Tada, Mayor of Edogawa City; the Under 20 Tokyo Select Team; the National Team of Japan; the students, players and staffs at Keio, Tokyo and Waseda universities; our host families; our sumo friends; the Prince Hotel; all the volunteers; Delta Airlines; and, especially JLA Director Yusuke Sasaki, who began this tour as Coach Tierney's friend and is a now a friend to us all, as well !

But the BIGGEST thank you is reserved for Drs. Arno and Mindy Fried, whose great generosity made this trip possible. Thank you, thank you, thank you !

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