The Perse School

Students enjoy the wonder of Japan on exchange trip

26 Apr 2018

Lower Sixth student Ethan Martin, shares his experience of the Japanese exchange trip.

Over Easter, ten Perse students and two teachers went on a school exchange to Mukonoso-Sogo Comprehensive High School in Amagasaki, Japan. The trip was interesting, enjoyable, and it provided a good opportunity to learn about the vastly different Japanese culture first-hand. Everyone found the host families very welcoming and had a lot of fun learning about the Japanese way of life.

We spent a day and a half at school with our exchange partners and went on several trips to nearby Kobe, Kyoto, Nara and Osaka. Our days at school provided us with knowledge of the similarities and differences of a Japanese school, as well as a chance to brush up on our Japanese.

The highlights of the excursion included a visit to the picturesque Fushimi Inari shrine in Kyoto, as well as our time with the deer that inhabit Nara Park. Generally, all of the students were delighted with the hospitality of the Japanese students and teachers involved with the exchange and we are extremely grateful to have experienced this wonderful opportunity. I would thoroughly recommend the trip to any students wishing to expand their knowledge of other countries and cultures in the future.

We are now hoping for the Japanese to be able to visit us in December, so that we can return their kindness and show them the English way of life.



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