On Sunday 25 June 43 students and 4 staff will be participating in the Japan Tour 2017. All students are studying Japanese as an elective. This will be a wonderful opportunity for them to experience the culture of Japan first hand and test their language skills in real life situations.

Nine of these participants are participating in this tour for the second time after participating in 2015. These students have already taken responsibility in presenting some of the lunchtime preparation sessions during Term 2, and are taking leadership roles whilst in Japan.

This is a 19-day tour covering 3 of Japan’s main islands. The highlight will be our 5 day/night homestay with our sister school in Hiroshima who visited us in March. Several of our Hills Grammar Japanese students who hosted in March will be hosted by their guest in return. The students will be visiting the Mazda Museum and Hiroshima Peace Park/Museum on a day excursion with our sister school students as well as Katana (Japanese sword) classes, tea ceremony, co-curricular activities and a zen meditation session at a Buddhist Temple.

Changes to our last tour include a visit to the natural disaster and Edo museums in Tokyo. As well as Udon noodle making, touring the Iya valley, participating in Awadori traditional dancing and white water rafting on the island of Shikoku.

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Belinda Gerometta | Head of Languages/Japanese Teacher