Enor­mity of Hiroshima comes home to pupils

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By ADEN MILES

Com­ing to un­der­stand the enor­mity of the Hiroshima bomb­ing was just one of the mem­o­ries from a visit to the Peace Me­mo­rial Park in Ja­pan for a group from For­est View High School who toured the coun­try.

A group of 13 stu­dents and two teach­ers toured Ja­pan last month spend­ing 10 days learn­ing about the cul­ture.

Once in Ja­pan, the group met sis­ter school Misato Kita High School and spent four days with host fam­i­lies.

Teacher Sue Gib­bons said the trip was amaz­ing.

‘‘The high­light of the whole trip was go­ing to the Peace Park in Hiroshima,’’ Mrs Gib­bons said.

‘‘You’d think for the stu­dents go­ing to Dis­ney­land would be the biggest high­light. I don’t think they could un­der­stand the enor­mity of what hap­pened in the war un­til they saw the place at Hiroshima.

‘‘They were quite taken by the whole thing.’’

An­other high­light was rid­ing on the gi­ant fer­ris wheel in Saitama.

‘‘One night we were in Saitama and I found this big fer­ris wheel, it’s one of the three biggest in the world and it takes 15 min­utes to go round. We did that at night and it was just amaz­ing.

‘‘Over­all it was a great ex­pe­ri­ence. The biggest thing was that it ac­tu­ally isn’t that hard to get around other parts of the world.’’

She said some of the stu­dents were ner­vous about their Ja­panese skills.

‘‘ Be­fore we went some of the stu­dents were quite ner­vous about home­s­tay­ing with the Ja­panese fam­i­lies and they thought that the Ja­panese skills they had wouldn’t be ad­e­quate enough.’’

The next trip is sched­uled for 2012 and Misato Kita High School will visit Toko­roa next year.

Photo: SUPPLIED

KON­NICHIWA: A group from For­est View High School re­cently trav­elled to Ja­pan learn­ing about the coun­try’s cul­ture.

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