Beijing Huijia Private School 北京私立汇佳学校

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2017 Huijia Japanese Culture Study Aboard Program

Sustainability studies; School visits; Anime experience

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Purpose and Result

Using experience gained through a short break to allow the students to gain understanding of Japanese culture, knowledge that would benefit them a lifetime.

 

One’s aptitude is determined by the scope of one’s life. ---Harvard Principle

 

The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function. --- F. Scott Fitzgerald

 

With an emphasize on character and etiquette development, the program seeks to educate individual who are innovative, deliberate, and decent.

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Purpose and Result

Through a few days of learning and immersion, let us foster a sense of responsibility for others… a thoughtful attitude…the “one time, one meeting” spirit…

 

Let us not forgot to say Thank you to our parents after these magical nine days!

 

A grateful spirit

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A Tale from Iwafune

 

Iwafune is where The Eight Dogs Chronicles takes place. This classic novel was written by Kyokutei Bakin during the Edo period with inspiration from the acclaimed Chinese novel Water Margin. The Eight Samurai in the story each bear a set of prayer beads that represent the values of “Justice, Faithfulness, Ritual, Wisdom, Trust, Filial Piety, Humanity”. The plot is riveting and exciting, allowing it to remain a classic until modern days and a favorite anime movie among children.

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Iwafune Shore Villages---Japanese Study Abroad Base/Popular destination

 

Iwafune shore is on the Southern Bōsō Peninsula in the Chiba Prefecture. It is 100km from Tokyo and highly accessible to both major airports. Bōsō Peninsula has a warm climate, gorgeous views, and lots of seafood. Kids from Tokyo usually come to Bōsō Peninsula during the summer to play on the beach and many college students will come here for activities. There are many schools that use Bōsō Peninsula as their destination for school excursion for its unique combination of nature and culture.

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Excursion Highlights:

Fuji Mountain

Pirate Ship

Ninja Village

 

Sustainability studies: Shinkansen Sanitation Tour

Science Experience: Tokyo Science Museum

 

Entertainment at Disneyland

Shopping Adventure at Ginza

 

School Visit: Making friends on foreign land

 

Etiquette learning/Kimono experience/Tea Ceremony learning/Kendo experience

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Excursion Highlights:

As Christmas is approaching, we will use our short vacation to lead our students to Japan and interact with their students; Through the Iwafune village hostel stay, centered around the values of the Eight Dog Chronicles, the participants will be well-informed of traditional Japanese cultural practices, including “One time, one meeting” from the Tea Ceremony, Elegance from Kimono, Strength from Kendo, and integrity. Further cultural immersion includes making sushi and Japanese curry with peers and teachers with a collaborative spirit. Visiting the Shinkansen’s sanitation mechanism and garbage disposal factory will allow the students to understand why Japanese streets are so tidy and bring back with them a renewed sense of responsibility for the environment. Anime is integral to Japanese culture. We will venture to Disneyland, the Fuji Ninja Village, and Akihabara to witness the public fervent for anime and obtain souvenirs and indelible memories.

The philosophy of this trip is to travel, to learn, and to enjoy. Our goal for the students is to spend a memorable few days in Japan with their best friends and teachers while developing their knowledge and character throughout the journey.

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Itinerary

Day 1 China à Japan

Depart in the morning from Beijing to Tokyo via plane. On our way to Iwafune, we will discuss the purpose, itinerary, and activities of this excursion. Students will be randomly drawing for their roommates, with whom they will form close-knit partnerships to tackle challenges that await them on the road.

 

Announcements on Bus

Each group will be assigned a task (cleaning, meal distribution, roll call, organization, debrief etc.); instructors will ask the students to respect each other and think about others before themselves; This will ensure that they participate, succeed, and grow through the process. They shall discover the joy and confidence of being thoughtful towards others.

 

Welcome Bonfire Game:

“Command” “Hunt”, everyone will participate in pairs

We will decide which team is the most collaborative and the most responsible. This activity seeks to foster teamwork and partnership among the students. (Will be adjusted based on weather)

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Day 1 Afternoon: Visiting Chiba Minamiboso Highschool

Following the bus ride, our first stop will be a high school in Chiba Minamiboso. Here, we will be able to experience a Japanese classroom, participate in their club activities, and interact with their students.

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Day 1 Afternoon: Visiting Chiba Minamiboso Highschool

Welcoming Ceremony consist of performances and games that will leave the students in laughter and joy. A most memorable experience.

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Day 2: Japanese Etiquette lecture, Seaside games, Kendo culture

Stroll to the seashore in morning to listen to the waves, feel the soft ocean sand, smell the freshness of the sea, and see the magnificent horizon. Students will unleash their childish instincts and enjoy nature to its fullest extent

Morning Japanese Cultural studies through riddles

In the morning we will introduce everyone to the basics of Japan and award them for riddles they answer correctly about Chinese and Japanese culture.

 

For lunch, we will be making our own sushi and see how the partners work together. Local instructors will teach us how to make savory cartoon sushi.

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Day 2: Japanese Etiquette lecture, Seaside games, Kendo culture

Following lunch, we will head to the Kendo venue and experience its charm for ourselves. Learning basic Kendo and witnessing a Kendo match, the participants will be rewarded for their curiosity and interaction with local kids.

If we are fortunate enough, we might able to run into villagers making rice cakes for the new year celebration~

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Day 2: Japanese Etiquette lecture, Seaside games, Kendo culture

The final event of the day is the long-anticipated Christmas party!

In preparation, students will be making origami, an art form that will test their diligence, and creativity.

Christmas Banquette!!!

Students will be returning to the lodging place and prepare for Christmas dinner. There might be a special guest at the banquette! Don’t forget about the presents~


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Day 3: Curry Rice, Tatami Basics, Tea Ceremony, AEON Co. Visit

Tatami Basics

Many may already be familiar with Tatami from Japanese shows or hot spring hotels. When in Rome, do what Romans do! We will be learning how to be a guest in a Tatami room and the nuances of Japanese etiquette.

Cooking Japanese Curry Rice from Scratch

Japanese are known for making appealing foodstuff. Although we cannot match their ingenuity, we can certainly try to make our own delicious curry rice through collaboration.

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Day 3: Respect to Others

Japanese are frequently complimented for their way of life. In Japan, there are many private tutors like those of the tea ceremony and kendo that teach you how to be a better and respectful human being. The tea ceremony teaches people about inner tranquility and outward respect. In a typical tea room, you can always see the banner of “One Time, one meeting”, encouraging one to cherish the company of other and the moment.

Altruism is a paramount character for kids to gain in the modern age.

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Day 3: Kimono

Walking on the streets Japan, it is hard to ignore Japanese people dressed in the traditional Kimono, a garment that is worn for both formal and informal occasions. Let’s see who can wear the Kimono with the most elegance and experience the true way of Japanese life.

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Day 3: Tea Ceremony

The Tea Ceremony originated in China and was widely spread in Japan. Let us walk into the tea room and silently understand the Japanese tea spirit and learn how to serve proper tea and snacks bearing the principles of “One time, one meeting” in mind.

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Day 3: AEON visit

AEON is a Japanese retail tycoon consisted of 142 domestic and abroad companies. It has a large share in the Asian retail market. As a top retailer, AEON is made up of AEON Co. Ltd, which has over 30 years of retail experience in big department stores, and other small subsidiaries. We will do some shopping in one of AEON’s shopping centers and take part in the Japanese Christmas shopping atmosphere.

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Day 4: Yokohama

We will say goodbye to Iwafune in the morning and continue the adventure. We will pass by the Tokyo Bay Bridge which goes as deep as 60 meters. It is a 15.1km motorway that is in the center of Tokyo Bay. The Dragonfly on the Sea is a unique highway service station that provides an encompassing view of the Tokyo Bay and its nearby spectacles. This a demonstration of the level of innovation taking place in Japan.

Arriving at Yokohama around lunchtime, we will visit its famous Chinatown; students can grab a bite at a local Chinese restaurant and taste how Chinese food adopted to the Japanese appetite. The famous docks of Yokohama will teach the students about the relationship between a building and its surrounding nature.

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Day 4: Red Factory, Hot spring Tatami

The Red Factory was originally designated for storage near the docks and now renovated as a big market. The factory is made of a series of interconnected wooden structure and covered with red tiles.

At night, we will be staying at a hot springs hotel and review the proper ways of dressing before enjoying a night of steam and heat.

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Day 5: Fuji Mountain

Peace Park

Let us count how many lions of peace there are and then take an iconic photo in front of the Mount. Fuji

Hakone Shrine- the development of Shintoism

The Hakone Shrine was built by Priest Mangan and was venerated by many of the famous warriors of japan. It is believed to bless and look after Japan. People come here to pray for safety and good luck in daily life. Other attractions include 800-year-old cedars and other ancient shrines surrounding the establishment.

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Day 5: Ninja Village

Fuji Ninja Village—Opened in 2015, a reenactment of traditional ways of life by ninjas. Let us evoke our inner Naruto and spend a great time with friends.

Head to “Little Jiuzhai” to see some traditional Japanese buildings.

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Day 6: The Imperial Palace, Asakusa Temple

The Imperial Palace—the Japanese emperor’s primary residence. It was built upon the old Edo Castle and changed its name following the second world war. The palace is made up of the emperor’s living chambers, palace for public duties, and cabinet for administrative purposes.

Asakusa Temple—Holds the secrets of the creation of Tokyo. See if you can spot the difference between the Shinto and Buddhist structures.

Ginza street, Akihabara amine street—Time to get your favorite anime souvenir!

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Day 8: Shinkansen

Shinkansen and its Sanitation Process—Experience the high efficiency and sense of duty of the Japanese work ethic. Witness the magical transformation of a dirty train into tidy train within matter of minutes. 

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Day 8: Forefront of Fashion

Harajuku

It is a place where young adults like to hang out and have fun together. Students can purchase souvenirs and witness Tokyo as a fashionable city with Christmas light shows. There will also be lots of Japanese Specialty snacks.

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Day 9: Tokyo Odaiba Science District

Odaiba—Located on the manmade island of southeast Tokyo bay, it is the newest entertainment center in Tokyo. Young adults enjoy shopping and experiencing the newest technology.

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Day 9: TokyoàChina

Let us take our photos in front of the statue of liberty and Gouda models, not forgetting to purchase our final gifts for family and friends.

Then we will say goodbye to Odaiba, say goodbye to Tokyo, say goodbye to Japan and end our adventure in Japan by flying back to China.

You will want to visit Japan again!

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Fee Includes:                               23800RMB/Person

1. Round Trip International Economy-class Airfare

2. Japanese Visa Fee

3. Meals as shown on the itinerary: buffet, curry, hotpot, barbeque etc.

4. Accommodation: Iwafune/Hot spring hostel and hotel will be 3-4 people per room; City hotels will be standard 3-4 star hotel double rooms

5. Touring Coach with Chinese tour guide and manager

6. Sight-seeing tickets

7. Other arrangement fees

8. Tea Ceremony, Kimono, Kendo, and Origami related fees

9. Insurance

 

Not Included:

1. Passport (please obtain through local authorities)

2. Personal meals not included on the itinerary, extra beverage fees etc.

3. Gift exchange with local high school charges

4. Other unforeseen factor induced fees

 

Wiring Instructions:

Account Name: Beijing HuiCheng International Travel Agency

Account No.: 110907673310605

Bank Name: China’s Merchant Bank Beijing Shilibao branch

Amount: 23800RMB

(Sign up time period: 2017/9/29-10/8, topped at 40 participants)

Note: Please fill out the student’s name, class, and note “Japanese winter camp” on the wiring receipt. Also do not forget to write the parent’s Phone No. and fax the receipt to 010-69746522.

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Other Notes on the Application:

1. Contact: Wang Yu, Phone No: 60849371

2. Please mail any necessary material to

- Address: Huijia Private School Human Resources Department (West Gate Garage), 157 Chang Huai Rd., Changping District, Beijing, 102200

- Recipient: Wang Yu

- Tel: 60849371

3.  Application Material (Please submit to class teacher between 10/8-10)

1) Application Form

2) Wiring Receipt (Photocopy)

3) Copy of Passport’s First Page

4. Visa Material (Please submit to class teacher between 11/1—5)

1) Passport (Valid through 2018/7/1)

2) Household register photocopies of every family member (A4 black and white, Parents’ need to be photocopied even if not in the same family register)

3) 2 color white-backgrounded visa photo (35*45)

(Only for Chinese Passports, other passports and legal documents need to be confirmed otherwise)


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