Japanese Exchange - Arrival and visit to Kamakura
After a tiring 11 hour flight and a missing suitcase, the group of 20 students, Miss Laming and Mrs Brewster arrived in Tokyo. The host families had come to Narita Airport to meet us therefore we were greeted with "Hello" signs and shouts of welcome, as we came into the Arrival Hall. Thank you to Mr Harada from Kanto International School and the families for meeting us.
Some students went straight to Disney and experienced an amazing firework display, another picked strawberries while others were taken to Sushi restaurants or art galleries. It was an interesting mix of activities for the first day.
On Monday, both Invicta and Kanto students visited the coastal town of Kamakura, an hour south of Tokyo. First we visited Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, Kamakura’s most important shrine, which is dedicated to Hachiman, the patron god of the Minamoto family and of the samurai in general. We then went to see the Great Buddha at Hase - a 13.25m bronze statue – the second tallest in Japan! Later, that day, we visited Hase Temple, exploring its beautiful grounds and enjoying stunning views of the sea.
We are all thoroughly enjoying tasting a wide range of Japanese foods and can not wait to see what else Japan has in store! We are looking forward to sight seeing in Tokyo tomorrow.