Spirit of for­ti­tude shone through from Ja­panese

Townsville Bulletin - - Voice Of The North -

FOR many years we have been in­tro­duc­ing Ja­pan to North Queens­land. In par­tic­u­lar, many fam­i­lies and schools have hosted Ja­panese stu­dents from one of our groups. These stu­dents al­ways man­age to show tremen­dous spirit as they ex­plore a new life­style and adapt to liv­ing in our city. We are al­ways im­pressed with their po­lite man­ner, friendly na­ture and cu­rios­ity with our daily life.

Our re­spect has been es­pe­cially strong for the stu­dents of Mat­sumodo Agata­gaoka High School.

This group, from Nagano City in Ja­pan have spent their days at Town High and Kir­wan High Schools.

Dur­ing their stay they have showed us that spirit is not some­thing found only in Queens­land and they have dis­played a unique form of brav­ery.

When t he earth­quake struck Ja­pan, the group waited at Narita Air­port, alone and shaken un­til many host fam­i­lies be­gan send­ing emails of concern and en­cour­age­ment to them. The com­fort of these mes­sages was an im­por­tant rea­son in the group’s de­ci­sion to forge ahead and em­bod­ied the na­ture of these study tours.

Mat­sumodo Agata­gaoka, on be­half of ev­ery­one in­volved with your tour, thank you for vis­it­ing us.

You have all been won­der­ful am­bas­sadors for your coun­try and shown great courage.

It has been a plea­sure to see you put aside your con­cerns and em­brace days of Crocs, Cow­boys, mozzies, Maggie and Mac­cas. Use your happy mem­o­ries from here to fuel your re­solve and never for­get the con­fi­dence you found in your­self while in North Queens­land. Ni­hon Gan­batte ( Good luck Ja­pan). GEOFF AND KAZUYO RAASCH,

Trop­i­cadoo, Townsville

POWER OF STRENGTH: Seika Fuka­sawa pic­tured with other Ja­panese ex­change stu­dents at Town High

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