Students from the Twin Town of Windsor visiting from Japan

0

Content of the article

Students from the twin city of Windsor in Fujisawa, Japan, discover the pink city during a two-week language and culture trip.

Advertisement 2

Content of the article

Nineteen students from Misono Jogakuin High School arrived in Windsor on July 22 and will stay there until early August as part of an annual exchange between Windsor and its Japanese sister city.

On Tuesday, the students visited Windsor City Hall to meet Mayor Drew Dilkens, who was accompanied by special guest Michael Ford.

“We think it’s so important to have a strong relationship with our sister city and for you to come and your parents to help you come here for this exchange, we’re so grateful,” Dilkens said. “I really hope you have a wonderful two weeks in Canada and see a lot of amazing things.”

Ford, Ontario’s Minister of Citizenship and Multiculturalism, told students he had a similar experience as a youngster on a three-week trip to France.

Advertisement 3

Content of the article

“It was one of the best trips I’ve ever been on, you learn so much about a different way of life,” Ford said. “It is an honor for me to welcome you to Ontario and to the beautiful city of Windsor.

High school students from Japan visit Windsor Town Hall on Tuesday, July 26, 2022.
High school students from Japan visit Windsor Town Hall on Tuesday, July 26, 2022. Photo by Dan Janisse /Windsor Star

Students will take English lessons in Windsor, in addition to a number of day trips, including Niagara Falls and Fort Malden. Students shopped and strolled through downtown Windsor on Tuesday afternoon after visiting City Hall.

Fujisawa has been Windsor’s sister city for 35 years, and this trip marks the return of trade between the two cities that was interrupted during COVID-19.

Student Shiori Kioke said what she enjoys most about her trip to Canada is the chance to see the country and improve her English skills, which she said she made a lot of progress so far.

Advertisement 4

Content of the article

  1. A work of art created by Amy Zhang, 6, from Windsor, which is part of the children's art exhibition.

    Children’s Art Exhibit, Featuring Twin Cities, Goes Online Post author:

  2. Drew Dilkens, Mayor of Windsor, left, and Tsuneo Suzuki, Mayor of Fujisawa, Japan, during a tree dedication ceremony at Jackson Park in Windsor, Ontario.  Monday, June 26, 2017.

    Visitors to Fujisawa wish Windsor and its trees a long and prosperous life

  3. High school students from Windsor's twin city, Fujisawa, Japan, met with Mayor Drew Dilkens Monday, July 22, 2019 at City Hall.

    High school girls from sister city of Fujisawa, Japan visit Windsor

The opportunity to improve English skills, a big advantage in the Japanese job market, is one of the main attractions of the annual exchange, said Tamara Taylor, coordinator of the Muskoka Language International project. But more than that, students are also eager to see a real Canadian city and experience North American culture.

“It’s an opportunity for young minds to be immersed in an English-speaking atmosphere,” Taylor said. “They want to experience a Canadian city, food and culture, life and school.

[email protected]

Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens speaks to visiting Japanese high school students at Windsor Town Hall on Tuesday, July 26, 2022.
Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens speaks to visiting Japanese high school students at Windsor Town Hall on Tuesday, July 26, 2022. Photo by Dan Janisse /Windsor Star
High school students from Japan visit Windsor Town Hall on Tuesday, July 26, 2022.
High school students from Japan visit Windsor Town Hall on Tuesday, July 26, 2022. Photo by Dan Janisse /Windsor Star

comments

Postmedia is committed to maintaining a lively yet civil discussion forum and encourages all readers to share their views on our articles. Comments can take up to an hour to be moderated before appearing on the site. We ask that you keep your comments relevant and respectful. We have enabled email notifications. You will now receive an email if you receive a reply to your comment, if there is an update to a comment thread you follow, or if a user follows you comments. Visit our Community Rules for more information and details on how to adjust your E-mail settings.

Share.

Comments are closed.