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LANA in IMAICHI-CITY
Dear Students of West Middle School from Japan

Document of 9,June,1998

Greetings from Imaichi, Japan!  Can you believe that you are receiving a message straight from Japan on the Internet?  I came by plane, leaving Monday morning, June 8, from Rapid City.  My flight left at 11+15 a.m. and I flew through Minneapolis and changed planes.  There is 15 hours: difference between Rapid City and Imaichi.  When I left Rapid City at 11+15 a.m. it was 2+15 the next morning (Tuesday) in Imaichi.  My flight from Minneapolis to Tokyo, Japan, was 12 hours long.  Mrs. Grell came with me, too, as well as two other teachers (Mrs. Lindquist from Dakota, Mrs. English from Grandview) and one principal (Mr. Rosby from Valley View Elementary).  They showed three movies on the flight to Tokyo.  I watched NO movies!  I slept in my seat!  Mrs. Grell was very envious, because she couldn:t get to sleep at all.  She watched some movies, I think.  When we arrived in Tokyo, it was Tuesday, June 9 at 4+50 p.m. (which was 1+50 a.m. on Tuesday morning in Rapid City).  We were greeted by three Japanese friends and loaded into a shuttle bus for Imaichi.  It is about three hours from Tokyo to Imaichi.  Imaichi is a *siste city* to Rapid City, meaning that we have decided to have special friendships between the two cities, including having teachers, businesspeople, other school officials, and students exchange visits.  There are two students from Japa living in Rapid City with families right now.  We were greeted in Imaichi by about twenty Japanese *new friends.*  They all bow when they say hello.  Bowing is fun and easy to get used to.  I may bow to you when I see you in the fall!  We are staying with families.  The pictures here are of my hosts^^Chikashu and Ko FIdui.  Mr. Fidui is a principal at an elementary school here.  They lived in Cincinnati and Kentucky for three years, so they speak good English.  We have visited three elementary schools and two junior high schools.  The students are very nice, with big wide grins!  They love to greet us with *Hello!* and *How are you?* and say *Good bye* when we leave!  (Excuse my punctuation, but the punctuation signs are in a different place on this keyboard, but the letters are the same).  Their keyboard has Japanese and English symbols on it.  We are eating alot of good Japanese food^^alot of rice, fish, miso soup, vegetables.  We are using chopsticks!  I like using chopsticks!  I am missing my diet pepsis!  We drink tea alot.  The Japanese people have been very friendly and very kind to us.  Their schools are very nice.  The children are in school longer than you are!  They are in school from April through April.  They have one month off^^August.  But they have longer vacations during the year.  Still, they go to school about 10 months instead of our nine months.  They take their street shoes off whenever they come in the school and put school shoes on!  I take my shoes off when I come in to a building and use slippers they give me.  I am sleeping on the floor each night on a futon.  Very comfy!  We have also seen the mountains, lakes, and several beautiful and large waterfalls in the area.  Today my host family is having an American barbecue and they have invited the teachers at their school to come.  Mrs. Grell is going to Tokyo to see the Tokyo Disneyland today with her host family!  I have purchased a few Japanese things to show you
when we are back at school.  I have five more days here, so I will add more after a few days.  But..Greetings from Imaichi!  Sayonara (Goodbye) for now!  Mrs. Wright

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