First In Australia
Our trip to Kasukabe Kyoei, Japan
By: Ms Daniela Zanet 1st November 2003
Kendo, ... Lessons are 50 minutes long and at
the conclusion of each period students have a 10 minute break in their homeroom.
WELCOME CEREMONY (pictures 1-2)
Saturday, September 27
On arriving at Narita Airport, Japan, we were taken directly to school some 90km away. Here we
see photos of our welcome ceremony.
The band you see is the school band. At the beginning of the ceremony they played both the
Australian and Japanese National Athlems and later played some different pieces of music for us. They were awesome.
Students at Kasukabe Kyoei attend school every second Saturday.
Students at Kasukabe Kyoei start school at approx 7.30am and finish at around 6.30pm. Each day
begins and ends with Club Activities. Club Some of the activities include sports, music,
cheerleading, calligraphy, Green Tea Ceremonies,
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teachers do the moving in Japan not the students.
IN THE CLASSROOM (pictures 3-7)
Here we see a collection of photos of Sean Ireland, exchange student from Westfields Sports,
with the students of Homeroom 2-12. Sean attended school everyday and participated in all 2-12ís
In the first photos we see Sean with Wataru and Tatsu (Miss Zanetís host brother). Other photos
include Sean with his classmates, Sean participating in lessons and Sean assisting with Mr Messerís
On Wednesday, October 1 we attended English lessons at Kasukabe University. The class lecturer
Nick (yellow shirt) was great and his Directions lesson was really interesting. Students were
divided into groups of 4/5 and each group was provided with a tape recorder. Once we reached
our starting points groups were asked to listen and following the instructions provided to them
by the tape. Youíll never guess which group got lost and arrived back to class 20 minutes late!!
Clue: this group had the ďadvantageĒ of a native speaker .....
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WORKING HARD ... (pictures 8-9)|
Here we have Seanís photography skills at their best!
Here we see Miss Zanet getting ready for her Presentations. During the stay at Kasukabe Miss
Zanet presented various PowerPoint Displays to different year levels of students at Kasukabe
Students were introduced to Australia, its history, culture, people and its main attractions.
Students were really interested in Sydney and its attractions.
Students asked lots of questions about Sydney and were particularly interested in Westfields
Sports High Students. Senior Year 2 students will be travelling to Sydney and will visit
Westfields Sports December 4 and 5 this year. But what was the most common question ........
.... (not telling)!
displays its grace and beauty throughout the year. The Sacred Fountain at Nikko Mausoleum Rin-no-ji
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On Sunday, September 28 we were taken to the famous tourist attraction of Nikko. Temples
located in Nikko were founded in 766, during the Nara period, by Shodo-shonin, a high Buddha
Some of the photos show ..
The Shoyo-en (Strolling Garden). This garden, located in the compound of Rin-no-ji Temple
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Yomeimon Gate is a compendium of cultures from the Edo period. Sanbutsu-do (a National Cultural
The largest temple in the Nikko mountains, it was built by Jinaku-daishi by order of Emperor
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Miss Zanet was made to feel very welcomed by the staff at Kasukabe Kyeoi. She attended many
various lessons and also taught and assisted in the teaching of others.
Here we see Miss Zanet with many of her colleagues from Kasukabe Kyoei.
him email on the computer and on the mobile. Hiromu Kasahara also kindly gave Miss Zanet her
own kanji name and wrote
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These photos show Miss Zanetís wonderful host family.
The Kataoka family consists of; Masayuki (father), Satomi (mother), Kaoru (sister), Tatsu (brother),
Yukie (sister - not shown) and Hiromu Kasahara (grandfather). Hiromu Kasahara was dubbed the
ďtrendiestĒ grandfather by Miss Zanet because he was so technologically advanced. You should see
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some haiku poems about and for her.
There were some tears shed on Miss Zanetís departure!!!
Organised Activities (pictures 19-24)
Whilst on our stay at Kasukabe Kyoei High School we had the opportunity to experience some other
activities. Some of these included;
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Picture 19 We were taken to a factory where they made Hagoita raquets. Hagoita raquets are
traditional Japanese raquets. We got to make our own raquets and were instructed on how to
paint them. It was most interesting - Miss Zanet enjoyed this activity!
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Picture 20 This picture shows Sean and Miss Zanet together with Jeff, an Amercan Exchange
Student, and his host family. Jeffís host dad is a Shinto priest.
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Picture 21 This picture shows Miss Zanet with her and Westfields Sports dear friend
Akihiro Sekiguchi. Akihiro has been a friend to Miss Zanet and Westfields Sports since the 1997
Japanese Soccer Tour.
Picture 22 Shopping by night. Notice they have a floor dedicated to Disney. Walt Disney
characters are extremely popular in Japan. Most favourite character: Pooh Bear!
Picture 23-24 Asakusa. Asakusa is filled with temples and shrines and also has the
longest shopping stretch filled with many souvenirs.
Other activities participated by Sean included ...
Sean went Japanese pear picking, bike riding, site seeing in Tokyo city and to his horror
relaxed in a Japanese bath.
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