JOE 2018 Day 7 – 29 Sept

Today was a challenging day but one faced with good faith. The students were thoughtful and curious, wanting to understand the history of Hiroshima and its place on the world stage.

Pausing in the rain to pray for peace, the students entered the museum with a reflective mindset. They were encouraged to engage with the informational displays presented to them even if the content may be difficult to comprehend.

The students did very well and some really took their time to take things in.

After a walk to Hiroshima station with ponchos billowing and umbrellas up, the team caught a series of Shinkansen and local trains in order to reach our sister school in Minokamo. They have offered us their warmest welcome and assisted us to set up camp in their onsite dormitory, where we will stay for the next two nights in order to prepare the students for life in a Japanese home.

All students are safely (and soundly) sleeping on their futons, ready for our church visit tomorrow.

OYASUMI nasai!


  1. Hiya to the entire JOE team.
    Thanks for the wonderful daily messages and videos. They really make our days brighter knowing that you are all safe and having an amazing time.
    We are also very excited for the next part of your adventures, living like a local in Japan.

    Rei is also looking forward to meeting you Vrishin. We received photos of him and his beautiful family. Iโ€™m sure you will have an awesome experience.
    We love you lots
    Dad, Mum, Kairav, Baa and Lexi ๐Ÿ˜˜

  2. Hi Seiloni,
    Hope you are making the most of your adventure and we enjoy watching the videos daily , we miss you . Have a wonderful time with your host family next week and always remember to clean up after yourself and help out wherever you can with your family.
    Stay safe and love you heaps.
    Mum & Dad

  3. Hi Blake and the Team,
    It’s fantastic everyone’s having awesome, while experiencing and learning such interesting Japanese culture, traditions and history. The daily posts and updates are tremendous – it feels like we are traveling with you. I’m sure there will be a lot to talk about upon your return home.
    @Blake – I’m sure you’re having a great time and taking many photos and video clips to share with us. Please say hello to your host family for us and tell them we’re very thankful for having you there.

    Be good ๐Ÿ™‚
    We Love You heaps
    Dad, Rose and Hugo XXX

    P.S. Please stay safe and keep away from the approaching typhoon; hopefully it won’t spoil your fun. Odaijini ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. We pray that you will have a great week with your host family Kye. Have a great week everyone.
    Love from everyone here.
    Mum xx

  5. How exciting to be at the host school! Hope you had a great day at church and the local area before becoming one of the locals tomorrow. Have fun! Mum xo

  6. Hi JOE Team,

    What an amazing adventure so far! Plane ride, train, bus Bullet train, ferry, cable car all in one week! Wow!
    So great to see your smiling faces ๐Ÿ˜„ Thank you to all the staff for all you do… It’s wonderful to see all the photos and videos and read the updates – it is like we are right there with you to share the experience. Wishing you all an exciting and blessed time at Minokomo school and with your host families.
    Keep smiling, May God continue to surround you with His love and blessings.

    Ps. Love the braided hair, Nalia ๐Ÿ˜‰
    We finally got some rain yesterday, thunderstorm and some hail ( about 5 cent piece size) โ›ˆ

  7. Hi guys. Can see youโ€™re all having a wonderful time. There are so many beautiful things to see and do. Youโ€™re all so fortunate to go in such a well planned trip. They never had anything like this when I was at school.
    Blakey, we all miss you so much. Cherish the photos and snips of your videos.
    Now thereโ€™s a math test coming up second week back at school which of cause you will just be getting back for. I hope you have some notes with you ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Love you heaps.
    Mummy and the fam ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜

  8. Hey tico,

    I hope you are having an amazing time and I hope you have fun with your host family kiddo.

    I love you and I miss you
    Cata x

  9. Good morning gang. Nice to see you have settled into the new school. Looking very comfortable on them futons. Hope the weather is good. We are getting storms today in Brisbane. Very grey and wet. Home stay will be another step in your exciting journey. NRL grand final tonight, hoping for a Melbourne win. Will let you know tomorrow how it went. Love you Bohdi Jay. Be safe and have another wonderful day. Hugs and Cuddles, Mum and Dad.

  10. Hey Josh. Keep making the most of your adventure and have a great time with Masahide and his family. Please say hi from us. Take care in the rain.

    Love Mum, Dad, Luke and Finn

  11. Hi Baylee
    Have a wonderful week with your host family! Enjoy Minokamo and stay safe in the rain!

    Levi says, โ€˜Hi Bagel, hope youโ€™re having a great time!โ€™


  12. Looks like you are all having such and amazing time lapping up all the beautiful sites and culture. Enjoy your home stay this week. We (and Tessa and Luca) miss you heaps Jazzie. Luca wonโ€™t even sleep in your room! Sending you lots of love from all of us. Mum, Dad, Sheri, Joshie xox โ€œMEEPโ€

  13. Hi this message is for Jakob Lipka
    .Just letting you know and anyone else who is interested in AFL that the West Cost Eagles beat Collingwood in the grand final by 5 points.
    Hope u and everyone r having a great time.
    Looks like u have had some great adventures and will some awesome stories to tell.
    Take Care
    Cheers Dad(Rom Lipka)

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