Japan trip

Paul Kane students visit Japan

Eight Paul Kane students with two teacher chaperones left for Japan on November 7 and arrived back home on November 17. Despite a surprise visit to the Philippines resulting in last-minute schedule changes, students eagerly took in the sights and sounds of Japan. From Tokyo to Iwakuni, students visited a variety of old and new places. Although just as happy in the bustling Akihabara technology town in Tokyo as in the quiet, dignified gardens of Tenryuji in Kyoto, the highlight of the trip was the visit to our sister school, Takamizu High School. Students experienced Japanese culture first-hand in classes with their host brothers and sisters, and gained unique experiences making chopsticks in woodworking class, playing the koto in music class, and using a brush and ink in calligraphy class. The tearful parting of the students and their host families underscored the impact of this cultural exchange, which will become a fond, life-long memory.