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Educator & Technologist in North Van District & MEI International Academy. I tweet for students, parents and colleagues. Views are my own.

Day 14: Sayonara Japan!

Today we bid sayonara to Japan. The students brought their luggage to Inage to start the day. Then it was off to class in the morning – today Handsworth students attended Math, Japanese and History. Learning algebra was especially difficult … Continue reading

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Day 13: Incredible Inage!

The students met this morning at Inage school filled with stories of their weekend homestay.  Shibuya and Harajuku shopping districts seemed to be a common location for many students on the Sunday.  But today it was Monday which meant it … Continue reading

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Day 11: Day at Disney!

Chiba is fortunate to have not one, but two amazing Disney theme parks. Right next door to each other are Disney Sea and Disneyland. This year, for our Saturday with the homestay students, we went to Disneyland. Students gathered at … Continue reading

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Day 10: Touring Tokyo

Today our hosts in Inage took us on a tour of Tokyo! We met at the school early in the morning and hopped aboard the bus to head over to the Edo Tokyo Museum. This museum chronicles the interesting history … Continue reading

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Day 9: Charming Chiba

This morning everyone met at Inage school after their first night of homestay. Everyone had stories about where they were staying, dinner with their homestay families, and the varying efforts and distances it took to get to school in the … Continue reading

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Day 8: Reunited in Chiba

Today we travelled from rural Takayama down to Nagoya where we caught our final bullet train of the trip.  Heading north-east we past by a shrouded Mt Fuji.  The base of the mountain was visible, but the top half of … Continue reading

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Day 7: Tasty Takayama

Morning markets, parade floats, Hida beef, foot baths and grass houses were the order of the day.  After another delicious traditional breakfast in our ryokan we set out to explore Takayama by foot.  Students broke off into groups of 4 … Continue reading

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