Thursday, June 22, 2017 School Visits!

Today we did our small group school visits. There was kindergarten cuteness. Elementary school calligraphy and origami and 6th grade Marching Band and Dodge Ball! Another great day!




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Highlights from Wednesday: Tokyo Tour Day in the pouring rain!!

We visited the Tokyo Sky Tree, did a driving tour around the Imperial Palace, visited Asakusa and the oldest temple in Tokyo, and then had lunch and wandered around Harajuku and Takeshita Street for lunch and shopping. All this in sometimes torrential rain! We survived and despite being wet, had a great day!

During lunch, the teachers found a delicious ramen shop


And then the teachers happened upon the Hedgehog Café! Looking for a retreat from the rain, we were not disappointed!

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Japan Highlights from Tuesday June 20!


A day of small group visits, calligraphy, origami, games and practicing English for the Japanese students. A great day!

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Horufina Junior High School Welcome Assembly

A great morning making new friends and feeling very special with all the attention! They performed for us; we performed for them. A good time was had by all:








After the assembly, the students engaged in a scavenger hunt of sorts and then had a delicious lunch. BY late afternoon, we were visiting the mayor of Kita City!


A great day! Tomorrow… more school visits!

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Arriving in Tokyo and Meeting Host Families…

We finally arrived to Tokyo Station after a two hour train ride from Kyoto. Students were nervous and excited to meet their host families and many adorable reunions occurred. This morning we are off on our first school visit! More to follow!

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Day #3 Kyoto: Life lessons: How to Write a Postcard; How to Tie a Tie!


Students learned how to write a postcard: where to put the message, the address and the stamp. This was a bigger chore than we realized. We spent the first half of the day visiting the Kyomizu Temple; then we headed to the Kyoto Station for the bullet train ride to Tokyo and our Welcome Meeting with the host families! While in the train station, students changed and the boys learned how to tie their ties!! We are on the bullet train and very excited about meeting the host families in a few hours. More to follow…


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A full day of visiting Hiroshima and then back to Kyoto for evening and dinner…

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We took the bullet train back and forth to Hiroshima. It was a sobering visit and the students were very respectful of our volunteer tour guides at the Peace Park, one of whom was a survivor of the bombing at … Continue reading

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