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Interact Club's Trip to Japan


On 28 November 2014, students from St. Andrew's Junior College (SAJC) embarked on a trip initiated by the Interact Club to Japan. The highlight of this trip was the Exchange Programme between 26 students from SAJC and 37 students from Omi Brotherhood Senior High School (Omi) students.

The two day exchange programme with Omi students started with a tour around Omi School, a short interactive class on Japan's use of nuclear energy, and visits to local students' homes where our Saints were able to enjoy a dinner and interact with their host families. The next day, Omi students brought our Saints on a tour to Kiyomizu-dera temple, Kawaramachi and the Fushimi-inari shrine, in Kyoto. The Exchange Programme was an extremely fruitful experience that left a deep impression on all Saints. We were able to better understand the culture and ways of Japanese everyday life.

Besides that, the trip also led Saints to an impressive list of locations. This includes the Osaka Castle, Kyoto's Kinkakuji (Golden temple), Nishijin Textile Centre and geisha district, Nara's deer park, Uji city and Kobe's Meriken Park. We also managed to snag a rare chance to visit the Kyoto Imperial Palace which is not normally not opened to visitors, and take the Shinkansen (bullet train). For shopping, we visited the vibrant Dotonbori, and Japan's iconic shopping arcade - the Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade. In Kobe, we experienced the famed relaxation of the Arima Onsen, or natural hot spring, learned about the Japan's recycling efforts through our guided tour in Panasonic Eco Technology Centre, visited Kawasaki Good Times World and Disaster Reduction Museum. Our Saints also experienced hands-on the making of Otabe (Japanese sweet), a tea ceremony session, and learned about the history and development of instant ramen. The tour concluded with a guided tour to Kansai International Airport.