Enormity of Hiroshima comes home to pupils
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.
KONNICHIWA: A group from Forest View High School recently travelled to Japan learning about the country’s culture.