The Brookline High Japanese program is pleased to continue its sister-school relationship with Kyoto Gaidai Nishi High School in Kyoto, Japan.
The travel in Japan will take place April 7-20, 2018 and include: travel to the Tokyo, Kamakura, Shirakawa-go and a one-week host school and homestay visit in Kyoto. In return, BHS will host Japanese students and their chaperones during the 2018-2019 school year. If you are selected to participate (and are not a graduating senior), we hope that you will be able to host a student from Japan next school year, or help us find an alternate family to host.
The goals of this program are to speak and interact in Japanese, to build a dialog with Japanese students about US-Japan relations and topics of mutual interest, to experience life as a member of a Japanese family, to visit a Japanese school, to visit Tokyo, Kyoto, Kamakura, and Shirakwa-go, to eat food typical of these regions, and to expand students’ knowledge of Japanese culture.
BHS Japanese teachers, Rachel Eio and Fukiko Shapiro, will chaperone this trip.
ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS: Tokyo Area (4 nights/3 days):
Visit Tokyo sites such as: Shibuya, Harajuku, Meiji Shrine, Akihabara Electronics District, Cherry Blossom Viewing in the park, Studio Ghibli Museum
Visit Kamakura to learn about its great Buddha statue and the surrounding temples and shrines.
Gokayama/Shirakawa-go (1 night/2 days)
Explore 250-year-old traditional thatched roofed homes (gassho-zukuri) in rural Japan.
Experience Japanese papermaking and traditional Japanese dance.
Stay overnight in a traditional Japanese inn.
Kyoto (7 nights, 6 days):
Live with Japanese host family and learn about family life
Attend Kyoto Gaidai Nishi School for 4 days
Travel to sites such as: Kiyomizu Temple, Nijo Castle, Fushimi Inari Shrine, Ginkaku-ji Temple, etc.
Hands on activities such as: making traditional Japanese sweets, textiles, etc.
QUESTIONS: For any additional questions or concerns, please contact Rachel Eio or Fukiko Shapiro at: