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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Japan School Trip

I have been missing in action from the blogging world.  I was asked to go as a chaperon on a 12 day trip to Japan with 9 middle school girls.  One of the trip chaperons had to cancel and it left me one month to prepare.  It was the best experience of my life!!!  I got to experience a new culture.  We visited Akiruno City's 6 middle schools, one of the primary schools and a special needs program.  

Here are students serving up lunch in the classroom.  Everyone gets the hot lunch…including teachers. Not a single straw wrapper on the floor at the end…very impressive!!!

 My very large feet do not fit into the slippers at school!  I scuffed around all day like this.  The students keep a clean pair of shoes to chnge into when they enter the building.

The students lived with host families during our stay in Akiruno City(part of Toyko).  The students get to experience school and home life.  After our return, a group of Japanese students and chaperons came to stay in our city in Massachusetts.  

Meeting the superintendent.  Love his table cloth!!!

My daughter was part of this program 8 years ago.  We hosted a student named Misa who has become part of my family.  She has come to our home three times.  One of my favorite moments of the trip was meeting her family!

Here are some photos from our school visits:

A few favorite photos from my trip:


  1. Wow! What an awesome opportunity! Thank you for sharing it with us!

    Fit to be Fourth

  2. We have a country of study program that's newly implemented this year at my school. Two of our teachers traveled to Japan this past summer as our first country. We're now implementing a variety of activities in all classrooms, across all grades, to learn about Japan. We're having a school-wide celebration of the country in March. I'm about to start a pbl unit in writing on Manga. Thanks for sharing your pictures!
    Are We There Yet?


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