By: Kimberly May Sios-e (Masscom Intern, USJ-R Public Affairs and International Relations Office)
Josenian students visited Toyo University and Toyo Ushiku High School for Exchange and Cultural Immersion Program in Japan on May 10-17, 2017.
The program is intended for USJ-R students to learn and understand the Japanese culture, and also to experience and be exposed on how classroom instruction is done in Japan.
The USJ-R Junior and Senior High school students toured around the Imperial Palace and went to Lake Kawaguchi Seminar House in Yamanashi. They also visited the famous tourist sites in Japan namely Mt. Fuji and Ice Cave.
The students learned Haiku (Poem), Physics, Math, Calligraphy and the Japanese way of living. They lived with their host Japanese families who are connected with Toyo University and Toyo Ushiku High School.
Dr. Marivic Diwa, Senior High Department Coordinator said, “Students were selected and ground rules were set before going to Japan. They were reminded before they were taken by their foster parents. So, everything went well smoothly. We had an open Facebook group chats for communication and monitoring purposes, and it helped me a lot.”
Kris Nicole Teofilo, a Grade-12 student said, “A very unforgettable experience though the expenses we had was costly yet worth it, because I already knew Japanese, their culture and their daily living.”
Vince Ryan Bacall, a Grade-12 student said, “I was amazed that I was able to experience Japanese culture from my host families, they were very good to me. The experience was a total immersion because I became one of them.”
Shaina Menchie Martel, another Grade-12 student who is part of the exchange program said, “We’re trained by the dos and don’ts that’s why the experience was cool because their subjects are totally different and challenging.”
During their visit USJ-R students were accompanied and monitored by Rev. Fr. Emilio Jaruda, OAR, USJ-R VP-Administration and Junior High School Principal together with Dr. Marivic Diwa, Senior High School Department Coordinator.
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