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2010 Mission Project; Visit from Japan

31 Mar 2010 1:58 PM | Contact Us (Administrator)

In late March, the Australia Japan Society of Victoria welcomed 18 participants to Melbourne as part of the Asian Pacific Children’s Convention Mission Project (a visit connected with the Invitation Project where Australian children visit Fukuoka each July).

The aim of the visit was to allow children from Fukuoka to be given an opportunity to go overseas and deepen their cultural understanding through participating in a program of home stay, school visits and cultural activities with local children.  I know that the visit was a complete success with many opportunities to participate in family life and meet new friends. 

The group was made up of 15 young people (aged 10 to 18) and 3 leaders.  Whilst the leaders stayed in a city hotel, all the young people were hosted by AJS members, past participants of the APCC or school families connected with AJS members.  Whilst the visit short (four nights in home stay), the participants managed to fit in many varied activities, including a school visit, visits to Healesville Sanctuary and the Victoria Markets, beach trips, shopping, bush picnics, sporting events and a visit to the Japan Consulate. 

A farewell party was held on the last evening of the visit and the host families were entertained by the group who sang traditional Japanese songs and showed us a traditional dance witch some of our host families knew so they joined in..  At the end of the evening, the participants left with the host families and met at the airport the next day to say goodbye see you again one day.

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