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An au­tumn camp­ing trip pro­vided a won­der­ful respite from the hus­tle and bus­tle of city life.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - FOCUS - SARAH MORI

An au­tumn camp­ing trip pro­vided a won­der­ful respite from the hus­tle and bus­tle of city life.

IT WAS the first time my hus­band and I were serv­ing as chap­er­ons at my church camp this au­tumn. To­gether with an­other cou­ple, Yuzuru and Manami, we took seven kids in two ve­hi­cles to Ak­agi, Gunma pre­fec­ture, for a three-day camp from Oct 8 to 10.

Five years ago, when the cou­ple last took the kids to Ak­agi camp in the church van, the rub­ber blades of the van’s wipers came off dur­ing a typhoon. They drove in the down­pour with­out us­ing the wipers, un­til they found a gaso­line sta­tion and stopped to ask for help. It was a scary ex­pe­ri­ence, in­deed.

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