The Japanese Educational trip was a pleasure to be part of. It was a learning experience, and we were exposed to a very different and amazing culture. After arriving in Japan on the first day, the first thing I noticed was how quiet, and respectful everyone was. There was no honking of cars, no one was on the phone and everyone around was humble and polite.
The first activity we did in Japan was to make bonsais. Bonsais are ornamental, artificially dwarfed varieties of trees and shrubs in pots. After that we visited a temple and went shopping in a beautiful marketplace. The next day, we visited the famous Mount Fuji. We took a short cruise and a cable car to reach a shrine on the top of a mountain. The mountain was called Mount Komagatake and it is one of the volcanic cones of Hakone.
On the third day, we visited the Hiroshima Peace Memorial built in the memory of those who died in the atomic explosion in Hiroshima during the second world war. The next day we visited the Golden temple of Japan and the Ritsumeikan University. We were also part of the traditional and beautiful tea ceremony in which we made and had mocha tea. On the last day, we spent time with a traditional Japanese family, and also went to a Japanese school. It was a great experience picking fruits and vegetables from their farm and cooking and eating them with the elderly couples. The kids in the school were very young and very excited to meet us. Their affection and enthusiasm was contagious! A wonderful experience indeed!
As quickly as it had started, our marvellous Japanese experience came to an end. We will always cherish the memories of our amazing trip to the ‘Land of the Rising Sun.’