Tuesday 27 September
This morning saw our students go into immersion classes; home ec, cooking pizza, some doing maths which was challenging and other doing English which they still found challenging due the nature of the lessons.
After lunch in the school cafe the team travelled to Shogenji Temple. This is a well known temple for professional sports people and politicians whom attend Zen training to help them sharpen their focus!
We were guided by the Abott of the the temple and spent time admiring the gardens. After the temple visit we were taken to the University to have a look at the campus. They shared a cup of matcha and a wagashi cake with the monks.
Students were given the opportunity to learn about Zen and took a short practice session. Teaching the practice of meditation from a Christian perspective of mindfulness and waiting on our Lord. The students learnt to calm their breathing, still thoughts and correct their posture.
Returning to school the students tried Kendo and some students were given more matcha by the Minokamo students who study Ochado.
As the afternoon drew near the students became both excited and a little nervous about meeting their host families. Be assured that the staff both at the sister school and ourselves have spent time preparing all parties for this part of the exchange.
The students were waved off for their first night with their new Japanese families with the promise that we will be waiting for them in the morning. They know we are just a phone call away but they are so resilent and determined! Mrs S, Misss R, Mr C, Mr H and Miss W.
Just saw your message Bella. Thanks for the birthday wishes!!xx
Loving the photos and videos (thanks so much Genesis staff).
Everyone looks happy and so many experiences to treasure. Hope Seri and family are well and you settled in OK. All good here.
Thinking of you lots and can’t wait to hear all your stories.
Hi Chel’s, cant believe how much you have done/seen and experienced in such a short amount of time. Enjoy the home stay, I’m sure you will be very well looked after by Naoko and the family.
…p.s Sherlock isn’t moving off your bed 🙂
Lots of love & hugs XXX
Thank u! And yeh it’s been a real trip, lots to take in. But first night at home stay and it was good, they had pictures of our family on the wall which was nice to see. Can’t wait to see you all in 10 days. (Even Sherlock)
P.s don’t forget me at the airport hehe
… Sherlock better watch his back when I come home 😉
Lots of hugs and kisses xxxxxx Chels
Hi Chloe, what a great day. You are certainly learning all about Japanese culture. How is the food?
Thank you for all the messages! The first night of the host stay was great!!! They welcomed me with fireworks! 🎆🎉 they are soooo nice and made me feel really happy and welcomed. I had kebabs (grilled chicken) for dinner!! The food is great here, I love it and I’ve tried so many great things. Talk soon xoxo Love Chloe 💜💜💜
Hi Noah and Isaac. Looks like you are having a wonderful time there. It looks so fantastic. I love the clothing, photos of food and people , landscapes and buildings. It’s amazing. We miss you heaps (but we are managing!) and Juba had his operation! All is well. Lots of love Mumxx
Wow!!!! Last night was the first time with my host family and it was amazing!! They have a cat named Wasabi and he is the most adorable thing ever! I woke up with him on my bed purring. Hope juba is feeling better😊👍🏽
Hi Aimee, hope you enjoyed your first home stay night. Look forward to you teaching me some of what you learned about meditation. Have you found a favourite food yet? Love you lots x
Hi Ryan, it’s good to see you having so much fun. Mom and I can’t wait to hear all the stories and to see your photos of all the fun times. We are wondering if you are now a fish eater? Ha ha.
Lots of love Mum and Dad
Hi Bronte, WOW……what a day. You are all so very lucky to experience so much in a single day. The leaders have planned so much cultural diversity into each visit, very impressive….and very jealous. love Dad
Hi Everyone. Trust your first night with your host family went really well. Looks like you all are having a fun time from the smiles in the photos.
Siaan… am thinking of you … looking forward to hearing your stories when you come home.
Hey Tina, was in the local Yaoko and saw persimmons, early in the season but I’m sure you’ll find some! Looks like you’re all having a great time, enjoy your stay with your host family, say “Hi” for me please.