JOE 2018 Day 10 – Tue 2 Oct A Day in the Life of…

This morning we were greeted by the happy and excited chatter from our students sharing their reports of the first night with their host families which were overwhelmingly positive, giving their newfound family members rave reviews!

The students have had such lovely things to say about their interactions with Minokamo staff and students so far as well.

While Queensland is at the halfway point of the school holidays, school is very much in session here in Minokamo. Today was the first opportunity for our students to join morning classes with their new friends. Students returned to homeroom before lunch with tales of their bilingual feats in Maths, Geography and Japanese Classics (just to name a few).

The afternoon was spent in Japanese culture lessons, with students rotating between calligraphy with Ms. Ido and yukata-dressing (cotton summer kimono) with Mrs. Matsuda.

Mrs Burgin, Mrs Ellis, Ms Ruse and Mr Hannah were also given the opportunity to wear yukata.

As I type this in the budoukan (martial arts hall), the air is filled with the sound of kendo ‘swords’ hitting their mark and the victims of judo throws landing safely on the mats below them. Martial arts are not for the faint of heart! – Miss R and Mrs S


  1. Baylee I think you need to have that Yukata! It’s beautiful on you! Wow!!

    What’s an awesome day! Definitely stretching yourself!! We signing up for Karate next year?

    Love you!!

  2. HI Georgia,

    You look great in the kimono. Hope you are enjoying yourself and having a fun time with Ayano and her family. MIssing you heaps.

    Love Mum and Dad

  3. You all looked gorgeous in your kimonos. What a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the cultures of Japan.
    The kendo and judo looked like fun. You looked cute Blakey.
    Hope you’re enjoying your home stay and we look forward to your stories and photos. Please take daily notes as you tend to be forgetful πŸ˜‰.
    Love you lots
    Mum Laurie, Hayley Jackson and pooches 😘😘😘😊🐾🐾🐾

  4. Wow! What an amazing day you’ve all had. I’m so glad you’re being fed like an Italian Nonna Aimee – you won’t go hungry!!πŸ˜πŸ˜‹

  5. Aimee you looked stunning in your kimino. You seem to be non-stop smiling in all the photos and I can see how amazing this experience is for you. Praying for you and everyone every day. Love Grandma Lucas.XXX

  6. We are missing you Vrishin but we can see you are having an awesome time learning Japanese culture. Kendo swords looks like fun . Can’t wait to hear all the stories. Hope all the kids are enjoying home stay .
    Love you mum , dad & Kairav

  7. Hi Nalia.
    You looked lovely in a kimono and it’s great you learnt how to use the keno sword too. Hope you are enjoying your stay with the host family and the Japanese way of life. So nice to be able to follow your trip. Stay safe and keep smiling. 😜
    Love and hugs
    Nana and Kungkung

  8. Miss you Nalia looks like an amazing adventure. Enjoy your home stay and your time at school. Looking forward to hearing all the wonderful stories.
    Love Mum, Dad, Denzel and Turbo

  9. Joey you looked like you enjoyed learning how to use the kendo sword. I hope all students are enjoying their home stay experiences.
    We miss you Joey!
    Love Mum, Dad, Mitchy, Digby & Clancy.

  10. Caitlin, you looked great in the Kimono :). What amazing experiences you’ve had! We’re so happy for you all to be able to take on new challenges.
    Love Mum, D,S, Gracie and Misty xx

  11. It looks like you all had a fantastic day, learning so many new cultural things. Everyone looked wonderful in their Kimono. It is good to hear that you are not starving Charlize and Zara…we will certainly be cooking more Japanese food from now on. Have a great time, what an adventure.

  12. What a fabulous day at school! Such incredible rich experiences for everyone. We miss you Riley! Love Mum, Dad and TJ xx

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