Japan Exchange Visit 2016
On 15th October 2016, 29 students set off on a once in a life time experience exchange program, to Japan. The exchange program included 5 schools, John Port, Kirk Hallam, William Allitt, John Flamsteed and Swanwick.
From 16th – 20th the students explored Japan including Kyoto, Nara, Hiroshima and Miyajima Island. In Kyoto (16th) we visited Kinkakuji, Kyomizu-dera, Nijo-jo and the Bamboo Forest. In Nara (17th) we visited Todai-ji temple which houses the World’s Largest bronze statue of the Buddha. Deer roam the gardens of the magnificent temple freely as they regarded as messengers of the gods in Shinto. We took the Bullet Train to Hiroshima (18th), this is where the students made their Origami Cranes. Visiting Hiroshima was an emotional day as seeing the devastating effects of the first A-Bomb was shown. In these photos, you’ll see the remains of the Hiroshima Prefecture Industrial Promotion Hall, which 71 years after the Bombing, stands as a constant reminder of the destruction on 6th August 1945. It is said that the Bomb detonated around 600 metres above the dome. The ruins shall be preserved forever. In Miyajima (19th) the students walked and took the cable car up to one of the peaks on the island where they were greeted with some views however clouds dampened the excitement.
On the 20th October the students were split up into different host families and for the following 7 days, the students attended a Japanese school and at the weekend visited what the host family had planned for them. They attended a conference with the Japanese students who came to England and stayed with them, where they discussed the necessities for a cosmopolitan city. On the final day there was plenty of time to go visit Osaka Aquarium.
The students landed in Birmingham Airport at 1pm on Saturday 29th October exhausted after 20 hours travelling and a full day in Osaka but itching to go back to Japan to do it all again.