Daily Archives: January 11, 2017

And I say to myself… What a Wonderful World!

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.

An Afternoon at Joshi Gakuin

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’sĀ and Joshigakuin.

The banner welcomed us to the multi-purpose room and served as a perfect backdrop for our time at the school

The banner welcomed us to the multi-purpose room and served as a perfect backdrop for our time at the school.

After sharing a short presentation about each school, we sat in small groups and asked questions and talked more about life at girls’ school.

Chrome and Elizabeth talk about their likes and dislikes with the JG students.

Chrome and Elizabeth talk about their likes and dislikes with the JG students.

Kelly and Charlotte B talked about their experiences at school with the students from JG.

Kelly and Charlotte B talked about their experiences at school with the students from JG.

Kenzie and Annie shared a few laughs with the girls in their group.

Kenzie and Annie shared a few laughs with the girls in their group.

Jillian and Emily share a bit about their lives at school with the JG students.

Jillian and Emily share a bit about their lives at school with the JG students.

Georgie and Lily talk about some of their hobbies and activities with students at JG.

Georgie and Lily talk about some of their hobbies and activities with students at JG.

Mari and Tina talk about life at Porter's, especially as international students.

Mari and Tina talk about life at Porter’s, especially as international students.

Maddy and Audrey talk with the girls at JG.

Maddy and Audrey talk with the girls at JG.

Charlotte M and Maggie with the JG students.

Charlotte M and Maggie with the JG students.

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.

A shot of the whole group - teachers, administrators, and students - from the two schools.

A shot of the whole group – teachers, administrators, and students – from the two schools.

Thanks so much to Joshigakuin for hosting us and to Kichijo for being flexible with our time!

 

Life with Host Families

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!

Charlotte B and her host mom out for dinner.

Charlotte B and her host mom out for dinner.

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.

Annie and her host sister pose before getting on the train.

Annie and her host sister pose before getting on the train.

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.

When in Rome, but still thinking of home - Tina, Maggie, Kelly, Charlotte B, and Charlotte M wearing face masks and drinking Starbucks!

When in Rome, but still thinking of home – Tina, Maggie, Kelly, Charlotte B, and Charlotte M wearing face masks and drinking Starbucks!

Facemasks for the train! Charlotte B, Charlotte M, Georgie, and Tina pose with a Snapchat filter and their masks.

Facemasks for the train! Charlotte B, Charlotte M, Georgie, and Tina pose with a Snapchat filter and their masks.

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!

Maggie had a private cooking lesson with her host family!

Maggie had a private cooking lesson with her host family!

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!

Lily shared that she loves musicals and her host family found this DVD of classic American musicals - in Japanese!

Lily shared that she loves musicals and her host family found this DVD of classic American musicals – in Japanese!

A snap classic with Mariana and her host sister! #portersinjapan #mpsintermission #porters #missporters #snapchat

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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!

Merch's host mom on their last night together. She was such a wonderful, kind, and gracious host - she deserved flowers and so much more!

Merch’s host mom on their last night together. She was such a wonderful, kind, and gracious host – she deserved flowers and so much more!