ALT Corner

New Student from Italy

     Recently Wakoku welcomed a new student who is participating in a school exchange program between Japan and Italy. Alessio is originally from Rome, Italy and will be staying in Japan for five months. He will spend part of his time attending school here in Wako and part of his time in Sakado. In Italy, Alessio had been studying Japanese for about a month before departing on his trip. Besides enjoying travelling and experiencing new cultures, he is also a big fan of basketball, cooking, and spending time with friends.

      Speaking with him, he seems like a very kind and easy-going person. When I asked him why he chose to come to Japan, he said “why not?” He is looking forward to experiencing and getting to know Japanese people on a more personal level and making connections with new friends. While he is here, he will be staying with a host family so hopefully it is easy for him to achieve his goal of experiencing Japanese daily life and meeting many Japanese people.

     I also asked him what part of Italian culture he would like to share with his new Japanese friends and his answer was quick, “the food!” I’m sure everyone would be happy to enjoy some delicious Italian cuisine anytime. He says that he is enjoying his time in Japan and that he thinks the coolest thing about Japan is the mix of old and new everywhere as that is something he cannot experience in Italy. He also says that he likes that the staff and students at Wakoku have been so welcoming towards him as that is not always the case when travelling abroad.

      We here at Wakoku certainly hope that Alessio continues to enjoy his time in Japan. If you see him around the school, please take a moment to say hello.

                                                                                                                                                                   June 10, 2022

                                                                               By Jade Hanson