Tue. Oct. 10. 2023KCJS Fall Trip to Okayama
For the KCJS fall trip, students traveled to Okayama prefecture from September 29 to October 1.
KCJS and cities in Okayama have a strong relationship with a long history and the people there look forward to seeing our students every fall.
Students were invited to local high schools and enjoyed participating in activities such as tea ceremony, calligraphy, judo, and soccer.
And each student was paired with local host families and spent a weekend with them. Thank you to everyone who hosted us and made our time special!
Here are comments from our students.
Leah Rosenkranz (KCJS35 Fall, Cornell University):
“Staying with a host family on our trip this weekend was an invaluable experience. I got to learn so much about daily life and family culture. My host family was very interested in where I have traveled and what my life is like in America. Anytime we found something in common, we were so excited that despite living thousands of miles away from each other, we had experienced the same things. I visited Kurashiki and Onomichi with my family, cooked dinner with them, played games and truly felt like a part of their family.”
Evan Laufman (KCJS35 Fall, Boston University):
“Last weekend, KCJS took a trip to Okayama. We were incredibly fortunate to stay with extremely gracious host families who showed us around the city. Among the many places my host family and I explored were Kibitsujinja, an enormous Shinto shrine, Kurashiki, a historical quarter with plenty of shops, and the nearly 700-year-old Okayama Castle. I also got to go to karaoke with my host family, which was such a lovely time. It was a truly unforgettable experience!”