- High School
This year’s seniors were the first to go overseas for their senior school trip. Interviewing the seniors, it seems like they had an enjoyable time in Seoul. A couple of seniors agreed, saying that it was cool and felt good to be the first batch of seniors to go to Korea. They also talked about how different the reality was from their expectations. Their initial assumptions were that students would be under strict rules and as many do not speak Korean, they would encounter difficulties exploring the country. However, it was much more fun than anticipated and they received help from their Korean friends to get around, like the street market.
Part of their new experience was all the different places they got to visit, such as the restaurants and cafes, cultural sights and historical monuments. As soon as they arrived in Seoul they had lunch at a Korean
Although Japan and South Korea may seem quite similar due to the fact that they are geographically close, cultures are heavily influenced by one another's and have a somewhat similar political system, the seniors felt that there were still a couple of differences. Firstly, the Korean etiquette differed slightly from the Japanese etiquette, which is reputed to be overwhelmingly polite. Still, the Koreans undoubtedly were friendly and showed gestures of kindness. Another significant difference between the two countries included the fact that the food in Korea was much spicier than what we have in Japan. A big part of travelling somewhere different is about making memories that will last forever and enjoying them with your friends, which is exactly what the seniors did. For instance, the girls all went on a breathtaking cruise on their second day, which to Maanya C.
This trip can be deemed a successful one, since everyone arrived safely back to Japan, and in high spirits. We hope the batches who will travel abroad next year and in the years to come will also have a nice trip.