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
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