Hello from Kanayama!
By Bonnie Sullivan
June 11, 2006
Hello from Kanayama! I couldn`t think of a more perfect place
to say hello to the Ketchikan community and the parents of this
year`s Kanayama exchange program students, but through sitnews.
We have been here for one week now, with one more to go. What
an incredible experience we are having. First of all, everyone
is doing great...all present and accounted for with only one
student experiencing an episodic tummy problem. We have been
so busy visiting schools throughout the region of Gero everyday;
playing and visiting children from 9th grade down to 1st. We
have been received with the utmost kindness that words cannot
even begin to describe. We have had octopus for breakfast, fish
jerkey for lunches and vegatables never seen before for dinner.
I am sure that many pictures and stories of our new found cuisine
will come home with each student, and chaperone. But most important,
a new awareness of a culture so diverse from our own, but yet
filled with the same compassion for life and play so like our
own. We are truly blessed to have this opportunity to share,
learn and love these wonderful citizens of Kanayama. To see
our flag proudly joined together with the Japanese flag in center
stage at city hall is a wonderful reminder of how close our two
communities are. See you soon!
Ketchikan, AK - USA
About: Bonnie Sullivan is Ketchikan lifelong resident; mother
exchange students in Japan - After six months of attending
Japanese school to learn culture and language, working on welcome
and farewell speeches, performances, fundraising and donations
from the community, 16 students and 5 chaperones departed Ketchikan
on Thursday June 1, 2006 for Kanayama Japan as part of the 2006
Ketchikan-Kanayama Exchange. - More...
Sunday - June 11, 2006
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