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Kon’nichiwa from Japan! Reflecting on an unforgettable school trip!

A group of keen young men ventured to Japan in the recent school holidays. We witnessed the students immerse themselves in the rich culture, stunning landscapes, and vibrant energy of Japan.

Our exploration of Tokyo began with a visit to the majestic Imperial Palace, where students gained insights into Japanese history and tradition. We then braved the electrifying Shibuya Crossing, where the sheer volume of pedestrians provided a unique cultural encounter.

Harajuku’s quirky fashion scene and Akihabara’s lights & arcades offered exciting contrasts, while the serene Koishikawa Korakuen Garden provided a moment of tranquil respite. The amazing batting cages & games of Tokyo Dome City and the breathtaking views from the Skytree added further variety to our itinerary.

In Kyoto, we journeyed back in time, exploring the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove and its playful inhabitants, the mischievous monkeys. The Nishiki Market provided some entertainment with local seafood and delicacies. At Nara Park, students interacted with the iconic deer, creating lasting memories amidst the historic temples.

Osaka’s Dotombori District provided giant neon lights filled with a labyrinth of amazing local shopping & eating. Eager to expel some energy we all made our way to Round 1 Stadium which is Japan largest indoor recreational facility. 3 hours of almost any sport or skill tester you could think of had us all exhausted.

Our adventure culminated in Hakuba, where students embraced the challenge of skiing and snowboarding the powder filled slopes! Witnessing their determination, teamwork, and sheer joy amidst the winter wonderland was a highlight of the trip. We were lucky enough to be treated to a snow dump the day we arrived followed by a beautiful blue bird day. The unique experience of staying in a capsule hotel added another layer of cultural understanding and fun to the trip the end of the trip.

Beyond the meticulously planned itinerary, the true value of this trip lies in the personal growth and transformation we witnessed in our students. They stepped outside their comfort zones, embraced new experiences, and developed a deeper appreciation for a different culture.

Their adaptability, resilience, and willingness to learn were truly inspiring. We saw them grow into more confident, independent, and globally minded individuals.

As the trip came to an end, we were filled with a sense of accomplishment and immense pride. We are confident that this experience will continue to shape our students’ lives, leaving them with lasting memories, valuable insights, and a newfound appreciation for the world around them.

We encourage you to chat with your children about their experiences and encourage them to share their photos and stories. After all, a trip like this is more than just a collection of sights and sounds; it’s a journey of self-discovery that will stay with them forever.

Arigato gozaimasu! (Thank you!)

Tim Hennekam
Outdoor Education – Exploration Society Coordinator