March 16, 2009
The next 2 days were supposed to be spent with KIEO students. Our first pitstop was BUNKA junior high school, under KIEO university.
So our journey starts with a small bag with a few clothes enough for next 2-3 days and we set out on the morning of 16th.
Pretty dust bins I saw on the roadside shop, 4 types, one for each category of waste.
See this one ( and we thought we only hung our stuff outside in our balconies.
When we reached the main gate of the school we saw this. The sign was designed by the principal of the school himself!!
Students discipline starts the moment you enter. You have to take out your shoes and put in the rack exactly in the same direction, and wear red coloured slippers inside.
We were welcome by a opening speech by the principal of the college Akira Watabe. The student to his right is Hiro, who helped in translating to english. He also had taken up the responsibility of being the leader for the day.
Post this we all gathered in a auditorium cum basketball stadium of the school. There were interaction sessions. Students were sitting there, most of them clueless as to what is happening. Some of us spoke about India and Indian lifestyle through a simple presentation.
These guys are singing there school song for us. We loved the song. Will try to put it up here some time.
Each of us was assigned one classroom to interact with and talk to the students. I was excited. They love Indian culture, especially hindi. If you say namaste to them, they will immediately flock around you and do a V sign, and echo namaste loud and clear. Here is how the class room look from inside.
Each classroom has a AIM of its own which as a class activity they put up on a board. Noticeable is that each student also has a short term AIM to be fulfilled which he articulately draws and puts on the board.
Was wondering do we find these in Indian schools?
12:30 PM. Lunch time. Ate this->
Was very nutricious, I would say. Looks very less in amount, but it made me full. Japanese are known for consuming highly nutricious food. This one was rice with seafood, seafood soup and milk and a fruit.
Interestingly, extra curricular form a very important part of their school life. School nurtures the talents. Every open space all around the school on every floor had paintings, sketches, stories, poems written by students and pasted open.
This is me(center), with Ukita Waru(left to me) and other Japanese student.
This lot of girls were screaming out NAMASTE (hello) and BAHUT ACHHE (very good) when I greeted them similarly.
After a lot of enjoying and talking with them, we left for our next stop which was KiraKara Street.