2015 Japan Tour
created by C Murtagh
Music: Happy, Pharrell Williams
Jetting off to Japan!
On Saturday September 18th, 13 of our students across Years 9 to 11 participated in a 14-day tour of Japan. This experience provided our Japanese students with the perfect opportunity to help solidify the language skills learnt in class and for them to experience the wonder and beauty of Japan first-hand.
Our tour was jam-packed with amazing opportunities for our students, starting with three days in Tokyo where we visited many of the highlights this incredible city has to offer. For example, shopping in the famous Harajuku and Shibuya districts, visiting the new Skytree observatory, a visit to Asakusa market and Sensoji shrine, and let’s not forget a trip to Miraikan, home of Asimo the Honda robot!
After exhausting ourselves on fun in Tokyo, we headed south to Osaka. During our time in Osaka, we visited the famous Namba district, Himeji Castle and also spent a fun-filled day at Universal Studios!
The third stop on this jam-packed adventure saw us heading to Kyoto where we spent a couple of days exploring the magic of Japan’s old capital city, taking in sights such as Kinkakuji – The Golden Pavilion, Fushimi Inari shrine and dressing in traditional Japanese kimono while doing a walking tour of the famous Gion district. We also got to see our wonderful teaching assistants, Kanna and Yuri again!
From Kyoto we travelled south to Hiroshima where we visited the Peace Park and adjoining museum and also spent a magical day on Miyajima Island, a place filled with roaming wildlife including lots of curious and friendly (map-eating) deer!
Finally, we headed to the bottom tip of the main island of Japan to a place called Shimonoseki where the students participated in a 4-day homestay program. During this stay, students not only experienced what it’s like to be part of a Japanese family, but they also spent time in a Japanese school. This proved to be an incredibly valuable learning experience both culturally and linguistically.
After a teary goodbye with homestay families and school staff, we then began the long trek home to Australia.
The tour was a great success and I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who was involved in the planning and execution, especially Mr Morrisson, Miss Hines and Mrs Murtagh who also gave up their holidays to accompany us.
I would also like to send out a huge thank you to the students who were incredible ambassadors for our College and for our country. They represented us very well, seizing every opportunity to get the most out of the experience. I am extremely proud of them and could not have asked for anything more.
Our next tour will be in 2017, however, parents and students are reminded that the opportunity is only open to students of the Japanese program. If you’re interested in knowing more about the next tour, please don’t hesitate to contact me (Maree Carr) here at the College.
To see all the photos from the tour, please log on to the SCCC Japanese Facebook page.