The Japan Exchange is an annual cultural exchange during the first week of half term, involving four students from the VII, St Paul’s School and the Otto von Taube Gymnasium in Germany. Below, Laura, VII, tell us more:
Those of us who were lucky enough to embark on this journey got the opportunity to briefly enrol at Jishukan, a Japanese Senior High School situated on the West Coast of Japan, not far from Kyoto. It was not only an insightful experience but genuinely heart-warming getting to know the Jishukan students, who were always keen to talk and discuss the important question of our favourite Japanese food. To add to this experience we also enjoyed incredible day trips to Tokyo and Kyoto, where we visited the bustling Takeshita street, as well as the stunning Fushimi Inari temple. Without a doubt though the highlight of the exchange was our amazing exchange partners, who welcomed us with such warmth and hospitality. I can safely say that I speak for all of us when I say that not only was the Japan exchange one of the most enjoyable trips any of us have been on, but it was an experience that is certain to stay with us for the rest of our lives.