I would be remiss if I left this evening without a meagre expression of awe and gratitude for our host families, our colleagues at Kichijo and Joshi Gakuin, and the great hospitality and generosity of so many who have made this adventure-filled experience rich with delight and adventure. To see our students collaborate and communicate so genuinely and affectionately with their peers from around the world is an affirmation that the global classroom is possible. Technology may connect us–and keep us connected–but being in the presence of those with whom we are in relationship is compelling.
On Wednesday afternoon, we left the Kichijo Girls’ School after Japanese lessons, music class, English, and gym class to head to the Joshi Gakuin Girls’ School.
En route, we spent some time at the Ichigaya train station, buying little items that will help us remember our time in Tokyo.
Upon arrival, we were greeted so warmly! It was such a pleasure to be able to make this connection between Porter’s and Joshigakuin.
After sharing a short presentation about each school, we sat in small groups and asked questions and talked more about life at girls’ school.
We were so happy to be able to make this exchange of information and experience at yet another girls’ school happen! It was such a pleasure and we look forward to a long and continuing relationship with both schools we have spent time at in Tokyo so far.
Thanks so much to Joshigakuin for hosting us and to Kichijo for being flexible with our time!
There’s so much to learn about life in Tokyo and we are lucky enough to be able to learn it from families who live here all the time!
Instead of reading about life in a book or just observing from the outside in, we are able to spend time with families every day and learn more about life in the city.
For instance, the practice of wearing a face mask in public was not in much of our preparation, but it is a big part of life in Tokyo. Many people wear them to stay healthy, but others wear them to protect everyone else from any germs. They are worn on the trains and in school most often.
We have also been able to experience delicious homemade meals with our families. On our group chat, we have shared pictures of breakfasts and dinners, sharing all the new foods with each other before we indulge!
We also spend down time in the evenings with our families. Sometimes that means going out for dinner, but often it means playing games and sharing our favorite activities together. Elizabeth’s family has played Jenga, Goldfish, and other games – one each night!
We are loving spending this time with our hosts! Merch and Ms. Doemland are leaving their host families tonight, so they stopped for a little something to show their appreciation for these families opening their homes and lives to visitors from Farmington!