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.
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.
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.
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.
After a lot of enjoying and talking with them, we left for our next stop which was KiraKara Street.