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 11-24, 2020 and include: travel to the Tokyo, the Iya Valley in Shikoku, and a one-week host school and homestay visit in Kyoto. In return, BHS will host Japanese students and their chaperones during the 2020-2021 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, and the Iya Valley, to eat food typical of these regions, and to expand students’ knowledge of Japanese culture.
BHS Japanese teachers, Rachel Eio and Agnes Alberola, will chaperone this trip.
ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS: Tokyo Area (3 nights/2 days):
Visit Tokyo sites such as: Shibuya, Harajuku, Meiji Shrine, Akihabara Electronics District, Cherry Blossom Viewing in the park, Studio Ghibli Museum
Gokayama/Shirakawa-go (2 night/2 days)
Explore the gorges and rural area of the Iya Valley.
Experience soba making and traditional handkerchief dying.
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.