From August 6th to the 8th, our students took part in a science technology tour in Kansai area. They learned much about science at the institutions such as the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake Memorial/Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, RIKEN, Osaka University, Nojima Fault Prevention Museum,andso on. Some of them also made a presentation at the SSH students' research presentation contest held in Kobe.
From August 5th to the 7th, our students took part in the science technology study tour in Kanto area. They visited National Science Museum, JAXA, NIMS, Nippon Steel Corporation(Kashima branch), Tokyo University and so on.
The following are responses to the assignment "If you take a foreigner to some tourist sights in Japan, what place will you recommend?"
☆ I want you to go to Yukimoto Farm. There are many fruits in each season. In spring, we can enjoy strawberry picking. In the farm, strawberries are so big and sweet. They are so delicious. In fall, we can eat plums. They are very red and look so delicious. They are healthy for us. Also, we can enjoy grape picking. The grapes are juicy and sweet. Yukimoto farm is in Tambara in Saijo. Tambara is famous for fruits. Why don't you go to Yukimoto farm in Tambara?
☆ I will recommend Love Crepe to Edvin. Love Crepe is near Saijo High School. It sells the various crepe as strawberry crepe. Students of my school often go there after school. I like caramel crepe the best in the shop. It is very good, and it gives me energy. Also, my friends and I are going to go there today. I'M looking forward to eating crepe.
Last July we accepted short-term exchange students from the US.
Two students from New Jersey paid a visit on July 9th. They had PE and calligraphy classes with the students in 1-7 and an English lesson with 1-6 students.
Three YFU exchange students spent two weeks at Saijo high school and experienced a Japanese high school life. They took part in club activities, a group match and cheering for the Saijo baseball team.
On July 30th, the ESS club members interacted with students from Kahoku University, who had stayed in Saijo. They seemed a little nervous at first, but gradually they became on friendlier terms through group talk. They had a fun time over Pon-Mame, or local sweets made from rice, and a game called "Fruit Basket Turnover."
On July 19th, the ESS international understanding club members invited two interns at EPIC, both of whom are from Hawaii University. Our students learned many aspects of Hawaii, such as geography, music, clothing, local food and local language. They also made a presentation on the charms of Saijo.
On July 20th, Mr. Watanabe, a president of the organization, is now working on treasuring the future of Ichinokawa mine. He gave a lecture at our school. Students of the chemistry club and the business course had his lecture. Mr. Watanabe has been studying Ichinokawa mine for a long time. He talked about the history of stibnite mined at Ichinokawa, and also he told us that Ichinokwa stibnite is exhibited at the British Museum and is a legacy Saijo citizens can be proud of.
On July 20th and 21st, Mr. Matsushita, who works for NIMS visited our school. Mr. Matshita is studying stibnite and he gave advice to the students who are working on the research study on Kiankou, or stibnite. They are now working on producing the mineral. By studying under what condition stibnite could be produced, they might find out why stibnite which was mined out at Ichinokawa, Saijo,is among the ones with the largest crystals in the world.
On July 19th, Friday, our students took part in the company tour. They visited Shikoku Power Plant Sakaide and Kagawa branch of Mitsubishi Chemical Institution, both of which are located in Sakaide City,Kagawa. Students learned about what both companies are working on, and had a facility tour.
The following is a student's answer to the task, "Is food in Japan healthy?"
I think that food in Japan is healthy. It is because Japanese food uses fish, vegetables and meat. So Japanese who eat them live for a long life. I often eat Japanese food. So I have not been sick for five years. I eat a lot of vegetables every day. Especially, I often eat tomatoes, because they have a lot of lycopene. So it is very good.