Daily Archives: January 16, 2018

Classes and Clubs

We had another great day at Kichijo, and after morning reflection and a walk to a wonderful local bakery, Porter’s students headed to classes, afternoon activities with host-sisters and friends, or clubs. Here are a few recent photos:

Julie BG, Veronica, Gabe, and Maddy warming up at kyudo yesterday.

Eliza N with her foot on the ball just moments ago. 

Annika preparing to catch a fast-ball. Eliza and Annika are on the field known as the “Green Court,” located just behind the School. Kichijo students on the field just to the right (not in photo) are playing tennis.

Additionally, Gabe shared this reflection (posted below) earlier today about her experience with her host family. To a person, our students have commented on how meaningful an impact their host families have had on their stay in Tokyo and the lasting relationships they’ve built in such a short period of time.

From Gabe: Thus far, my experience in Japan has been amazing. Being with a host family has definitely played an important role in my trip. By staying with a host family in Tokyo, I have been able to embrace the culture and customs in Japan. My host family has done so much for me. They have taken me to so many places in Tokyo, and they have helped me adjust to the culture. Living with a host family has made this trip significantly better, and I absolutely love going to a welcoming home each night. The people I have met in Japan have impacted my trip so much more than I ever thought they would. I feel so connected to the Japanese culture thanks to my homestay.

“In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.”  ~ Khalil Gibran



Tuesday Morning Update

We started our day with a great conversation about habits of mind and behavior we want to take with us when we return to the states, Additionally, we honored the life and legacy of Dr. King with a discussion framed by his quote: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is ‘What are you doing for others?'” It is, perhaps, the question of our students’ lifetime, and they were thoughtful about their privilege and this International InterMission experience in particular. More later today; students are off to Geography, Physics, and English. Club activities again this afternoon–check-back later for photos!