Well, the past 3 days passed by so fast! I was able to make a quick post on day 1 of the competition, but our schedule was so crazy on the 2nd and 3rd day. I was barely able to stay awake by the time we got back to our hotel.
Great news! Our group won first place in 3 out of the 4 major categories they entered, and 2nd in the other! There were also a lot of individual winners in the solo competitions! Overall, our group from Japan was so happy. We had a banquet/party on the last night of competition to celebrate, and relax.
I was able to capture some great portrait shots of some of the ladies in the group. I also have some amazing photos of the competition. I'll be working on those later tonight, and I'm really excited to share them.
The first 3 ladies at the top of this post, are the group leaders, and instructors for this group in Japan. I've been so amazed at how well prepared and dedicated this whole group was! They deserved to win, and their hard work paid off. Spending the whole week with them, and practicing with them, we were able to form great friendships with a lot of them. I found myself cheering for them in all their events. I felt like I was cheering for a family member. We were so proud and happy for them as we watched them accept their first place trophies and prizes. I'm happy to have made some terrific friends!