Opihi College Trip to Eniwa 2012

Timaru District Sister City in Hokkaido

"Tadaima! We're home!"

Timaru District - Eniwa, Hokkaido Sister City Homestay and School Visit & JR Rail Pass Trip

Shannon, Emilia, Kimberley, Kerey, Emma, Zac, Jordan, Jacob, Brooke, Mrs Tarver and Mr Lindblom are back from Japan. They lived with Japanese families in our sister city, Eniwa, Hokkaido and attended two high schools in Eniwa for two weeks before traveling the length of the country by shinkansen "bullet" train, about 4000kms in total. The students commented that they know more about Japanese family life and school life and were a bit overwhelmed by the many different types of Japanese food that they experienced. They know themselves better and approach new situations with more confidence than before. They successfully navigated the use of the vending machines, Japanese baths, "traditional" and "computerized" Japanese toilets, how to bike to school without getting lost and how to impress the Japanese teachers by taking notes in class. Some new forms of transportation for the students on the trip were airplanes, city buses, subways, hybrid cars, regular trains, shinkansen "bullet" trains, ropeways, gondolas, roller coasters and ferris wheels.

The group is very grateful to their sponsors, the Sasakawa Fellowship Fund for Japanese Language Education, Trust Aoraki, Southern Trust and Nifty Thrifty Charitable Trust of Temuka. And a huge thank you to the Temuka community who generously supported our many fundraising activities. Arigatō gozaimashita!