Daily Archives: January 12, 2020

Sunday spent exploring Tokyo and settling into homestays

With great anticipation and certainly a bit of anxiety, Porter’s students met their host sisters and families to begin their cultural immersion experience. Breakfast conversation was filled with excitement and enthusiasm, mild trepidation, and a willing spirit. To become “informed, bold, resourceful and ethical global citizens,” we must choose to grow and embrace the challenges required to “shape a changing world.” Let’s see how we’re living our Intermission experience from the students’ perspective:

Bonnie and her host sister are already finding friendship.
Louise and Aimee enjoying their host sister and the Tokyo experience!
Miki preparing for a visit to the temple with her host family.
Maya and her host family exploring shrines, temples, and a hedgehog cafe in and around Tokyo!
Maya, her host sister and host mother at a Hedgehog Cafe.
Lydia, her host sister, and new friends enjoying snacks and cards Sunday afternoon. 
Blythe’s host family took her to a cafe with baby pigs to pet!

Tomorrow, Monday, is a national holiday called Coming of Age Day, which is when those who turned 21 years old in the last year are celebrated as they are enter adulthood in family-led ceremonies. Kichijo Girls School is closed so our students will have another day to explore Tokyo with their new friends and host families before starting school on Tuesday.

We will post more pictures of the rest of the group tomorrow!

And our travelers are off with their host families!

After a good night’s sleep and eating a delicious breakfast, our students spent some time with Kate and Elena discussing the next two days and reflecting on their day yesterday before being picked up by their host families at the hotel. Elena reported that everyone was nervous yet excited to embark on this next phase of their trip!

Waiting for their host families to arrive with Kat Hashiguchi, Director of International Relations at Kichijo Girls School, in the front row far left.
Blythe and her host family at the hotel before departing for their home.
Amanda with her host father and sister at the hotel before departing for their home .

Kate reported that once they met their families, our students felt ready to go! All of the Kichijo families have welcomed our students into their homes and they are heading off to explore their favorite areas of Tokyo today (Sunday in Japan).