Japan Trip An Immersive Experience

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Japan Trip An Immersive Experience

Three Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School students have added to their classroom language lessons by experiencing an immersive trip to Japan during the December school holidays.

Year 12 students Billie Forrest and Joshua Hislop together with Class of 2015 Year 12 graduate Cameron Turner travelled to Japan during December on exchange as a group to Akashi Minami Senior High School in Setagaya.

During the trip the students travelled throughout Japan to cities including Tokyo, Nara, Kyoto, Akashi and Himeji and were able to further their knowledge of Japanese culture firsthand through trying many different cuisines, experiences and cultural activities. Highlights of the trip included riding the bullet train, discovering the many varied types of Japanese vending machines and experiencing Tokyo Disneyland.

For the 18 day trip the Grammar students also enjoyed living as part of a Homestay Japanese family which further familiarised them to life as a Japanese student, participating in the everyday activities of School, going to classes and being involved in after school activities.

“Visiting famous locations such as Akihabara (Tokyo's Anime district), Kinkakuji (The Golden Pavillion), and Kobe Port Tower was often surreal. However, the best experience was doing a homestay with a Japanese family. Living with a Japanese family, you are able to practise speaking the language all day,” said Josh Hislop.

The exchange with Akashi Minami SHS is a reciprocal visit and students from Setagaya will be visiting Bunbury Grammar in August to experience life as part of the School and the Australian culture.