On Friday 24th and Saturday 25th of June this week, Wakoku will have their cultural festival. In the lead up to this event, students have been working hard in their homerooms and clubs to prepare for the many events during this time.
Some classes are preparing exciting games with various themes, such as Squid Game, Splatoon, and Minecraft. Many clubs are preparing as well, such as the ESS club, who will perform in the gym, and the Manga club, who will hold an exhibition of their artworks. During this time, the students have a lot of excitement and energy, and are proudly wearing their special class t-shirts.
This will be my first cultural festival, and I am very excited to see what the students have prepared this year. Since I never had an event like this in my high school in Australia, this will be a very unique experience for me.
There will be many games, performances, and exhibitions, so I hope everyone enjoys the cultural festival!
Hello this is Tunji, when I was in high school I wasn’t really in any clubs because there were not many at my high school. I was surprised to see that there are some interesting and unique clubs at Wakoku. I’ve been helping the ESS club with their pronunciation and other things. For those who don’t know, ESS stands for English Speaking Society. It’s essentially an English Drama club. ESS is a very interesting club and the club members are very kind and welcoming. For their productions they get help from people who were club members years ago. This is something you don’t see in the United States. I’m looking forward to their next production.
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
by Chin Jie Yun
Excitement filled the air this week at Wako International High School as students prepared to go on their school trip, which occurred after the Term 1 Mid-term test. The students were excited and looking forward to this trip as a change of pace after having studied hard for the mid-term test.
These school trips usually take place in a surrounding prefecture. This year, the Year 1 students went to Chiba prefecture to pick clams by the seashore, an activity commonly done in the summer, whereas the Year 2 students travelled out further to Kamakura in Kanagawa prefecture to learn about the history of Japan as Kamakura was the political center of Japan in the late 12th century. Also in Kanagawa prefecture, the Year 3 students had a taste of a different culture in Yokohama as they visited Motomachi-chukagai, otherwise known as Chinatown.
Seeing how excited the students were for their school trips brought back fond memories of my own school trips when I was a student. It is during school trips when students bond with their friends and create memories to remember their high school life with. I am looking forward to the stories that the students will share when they come back to school next week.