June,13 June,14 June,15
Students of West Middle School from Japan
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
June,13 June,14 June,15