It is ‘say­onara’ for these school stu­dents

South Waikato News - - Your Local News - LUKE KIRKEBY

It’s sayo¯ nara Toko­roa for a group of 14 For­est View High School Stu­dents.

The stu­dents and two teach­ers are Ja­pan-bound on Thurs­day for a two week cul­tural ex­pe­ri­ence.

Teacher Ka­mal Nair said the school goes on the trip once ev­ery two years and the Year 9 to 13 stu­dents will have the chance to fully sub­merge them­selves in the Ja­panese life­style.

‘‘We will be go­ing to a school, Misato Kita, 45 min­utes from Tokyo and the stu­dents will be bil­leted out,’’ he said.

‘‘We will go to school with the host stu­dents ev­ery day dur­ing the first week and we will fol­low their classes do­ing ac­tiv­i­ties like cal­lig­ra­phy, a Ja­panese tea cer­e­mony, pot­tery as well as the rest of their classes. Ba­si­cally we will be stay­ing with them as one of them to ex­pe­ri­ence their daily life­style.’’

Nair said dur­ing the week­end host fam­i­lies will also take the stu­dents to visit lo­cal sites.

‘‘Be­fore we leave the school will hold a sayo¯nara party and they will then take us to Tokyo to visit Skytree as well as a few shrines,’’ he said.

‘‘From Toko­roa Cen­tral Sta­tion we will be on our own and we will go on a bul­let train to Ky­oto which is one of the most pop­u­lar tourist des­ti­na­tions in Ja­pan and visit shrines, gar­dens, and parks.’’

‘‘Fol­low­ing that we will go to the Hiroshima Peace Me­mo­rial Mu­seum.’’

‘‘Last time I took a group there in 2015 the younger ones ba­si­cally

‘‘We will be stay­ing with them as one of them to ex­pe­ri­ence their daily life­style.’’ Ka­mal Nair

had no idea about the his­tory of what ac­tu­ally hap­pened. They were quite bub­bly at the start of the tour but when they came out they were very emo­tional and we had to sit un­der a tree out­side the mu­seum so we could ab­sorb ev­ery­thing in,’’ he said.

It’s not all heavy go­ing through with plans to also visit Uni­ver­sal Stu­dios in Osaka and Dis­ney­land in Tokyo.

‘‘De­pend­ing on time we may also go to see some sumo wrestling but Dis­ney­land is the main at­trac­tion so we have got tick­ets for the whole day,’’ he said.

Nair said fundrais­ing has al­lowed the stu­dents to fund their trip.

‘‘They each pay around $4300 for ev­ery­thing,’’ he said.

‘‘One of the ho­tels we are stay­ing in is tra­di­tional where you sleep on the floor so it is a great cul­tural ex­pe­ri­ence and it’s Au­tumn so the weather is great.’’

LUKE KIRKEBY/ STUFF

A group of For­est View High School stu­dents and teach­ers are head­ing to Ja­pan for two weeks.

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