7/21/2016

Day 3 & 4 - From Tokyo to Kyoto 東京から京都へ

Pictures and Notes from Dawn, this year's chaperone.
写真とノートはドーンさんという今年の引率者より
 
Wednesday evening train to Kyoto from Tokyo eating bento box dinners.
水曜日の夕方に京都から東京への新幹線でお弁当を食べます。
Making wagashi (Japanese traditional sweets) in Kyoto.
京都で和菓子作りの体験をしました!きれいにできたね。
Eating conveyor belt sushi in Kyoto.
初めての回転ずし。

7/19/2016

Day 2 - Tokyo


Crossing Shibuya in Tokyo on Tuesday

7/18/2016

Day 1: Arrival in Japan 日本への到着

Yesterday afternoon, the Red Wing Delegation has arrived in Japan and reached their hotel safely in Tokyo. Today, they are planning to visit the Imperial Gardens and other sights in bustling Tokyo.
昨日の午後、レッドウィング派遣団が日本に到着して、東京でのホテルに無事に着きました。今日の予定は、東京市内の観光で、まず、皇居へ行ってきます。

7/08/2016

Preparations and Updates on the 20th Red Wing-Ikata Sister City Exchange

Hello from Ikata, Japan!
Today ends with a rainy day after a full week of high temperatures and humidity.

There have been changes within the past year that I, the Ikata CIR, would like to address in this short blog post.

First, starting in August 2015, Philip Moyer - the CIR for the 2015 exchange - left his position to start a new job in Tokyo. A new CIR (Maggie Thorpe, originally from Tucson, AZ) replaced him that same month.

Second, starting in April 2016, the Ikata International Exchange Association (IIEA) has been moved from the town's Policy Implementation Division to the Board of Education.

During this shuffle of new persons and organization, this blog as well as other social media accounts went by the wayside due to a town-wide no-Internet access implementation* until the beginning of April 2016.

So it is with great happiness that I will be able to write and update the blog as well as other social media accounts moving forward.

In ten days, the 13th Annual Ikata Homestay program will commence with two students and one chaperone arriving in Japan on July 18th. Despite the number of participants being smaller compared to previous years, they will fortunately be able to tour around Japan for four days more! They are planning to visit Tokyo, Kyoto, and Hiroshima before arriving in Ikata on July 25th. I will also be meeting with them in Hiroshima to guide as well as accompany them on the ferry ride over the Seto Inland Sea to Matsuyama.

In less than a month, the 20th Annual Ikata Overseas Red Wing Sister City Exchange program will commence. We have six 9th grade students (3rd year junior high) as well as two chaperones (1 English teacher and 1 CIR) going over. The Ikata group will leave on August 3rd, have a short stay in Chicago, followed by about 10 days in Red Wing.

Since early June, the Ikata students have been reviewing and learning English in preparation for their homestay as well as customs and cultural differences/similarities in the U.S. They have also read short passages on certain regional specific things such as the Mississippi River, hot dishes, and Chicago's World Fair.

I have also been researching as much as possible about Minnesota (and Chicago) as it will be my first time in the region. Not only will this be a great opportunity for the students to experience America, it is also great for me to learn more about the country I am from!

Last night, we had our second-to-last English training session and this time it was about U.S. customs and security. We reenacted a dialogue between a customs/security officer and a passenger so as to increase their confidence in their English skills despite how nerve-wracking it can feel! The group has certainly gotten more friendly with each other, giggling and laughing even over silly mistakes - I am incredibly looking forward to seeing how much more their friendships will deepen with this first step into a different world as well as to making lifelong relationships and connections with the people of Red Wing.

Cheers!

*The No-Internet rule from October to April happened due to the Japanese government's implementation of a new system called MyNumber (which is like the U.S.'s social security system).

8/09/2015

Days 11 and 12: Goodbye さようなら

土曜日は送別会がありました。皆は市長の家に集まて、美味しい食事を食べました。On Saturday, a farewell party was held at the mayor's house. Everybody gathered in the front lawn and enjoyed delicious food.
伊方の派遣生は英語で感想を言いました。The Ikata students shared reflections in English.
英語で感想 Reflections in English
英語で感想 Reflections in English
英語で感想 Reflections in English
2015年派遣生 The 2015 exchange students
日曜日は最後の日です。伊方の派遣団はさようならを言って、日本へ向かいました。Sunday was the final day. The Ikata delegation said their goodbyes and made their way back to Japan.

伊方とレッドウィングの人々のおかげで今年の事業も素晴らしかったです。協力してくれまして、本当にありがとうございました!This year's program was a big success with the support of everyone in Ikata and Red Wing. Thank you for making these past few weeks possible!


8/07/2015

Days 9 and 10: Town tours 市内めぐり

木曜日は市役所のツアーがありました。これはレッドウィングの市役所です。On Thursday, the students took a tour of Red Wing city hall.
市長室 The mayor's office
議会室 City Council room
議会室 City Council room
議会室 City Council room
その後、警察署のツアーがありました。Afterwards, there was a tour of the law enforcement center.
練習のためのモデル銃 Model guns used for training
金曜日は新聞印刷社を見学しました。その後、レッドウィング新聞の方のインタビューを受けました。On Friday, the students took a tour of a local newspaper printing company. Afterwards they had an interview with the local paper.
新聞印刷社見学 Touring the newspaper printing company
新聞印刷社見学 Touring the newspaper printing company
モニュメント Monument
伊方通り Ikata drive
午後はYMCAに行って、色々な運動体験をしました。これはクライミングです。In the afternoon, they went to the YMCA for some exercise.
クライミング Rock climbing
クライミング Rock climbing
クライミング Rock climbing
バスケット Basketball
水泳 Swimming
水泳 Swimming


8/05/2015

Day 8: Hiking and pool party ハイキング、プールパティ

水曜日はバルンブラッフでハイキングしました。On Wednesday we went hiking up Barn Bluff. From the top we were able to see some great video views of Red Wing.
ハイキング Hiking
丘を登って、レッドウィング市が一望出来ました。 You can see some great views of Red Wing from the top.
夜はスワンソン家でプールパティがありました。in the evening there was a pool party at the Swanson's house.
プールパティ Pool party