For the last decade Longmeadow High School and Takikawa West High School, located in Takikawa, Hokkaido, Japan have been engaging in a cultural exchange. Over that period of time, more than 100 Japanese students, teachers, school administrators, and government officials have visited Longmeadow on their annual trips. In the same respect, students, teachers, and administrators from Longmeadow have visited Takikawa approximately every three years.
This relationship was born out of a mutual desire to encourage international understanding, goodwill and peace through cultural exchanges. Students and educators alike have participated in home stays, learning about each other’s culture in a way that cannot be taught, and in doing so, developing a deeper understanding and appreciation for international views.
2015, which marks the tenth anniversary of this cultural exchange, witnessed the signing of an official agreement between Longmeadow High School and Takikawa West High School declaring that the two schools would “henceforth be internationally known as Sister Schools.” In essence, this agreement documents the on-going commitment to the exchange program and the fostering of international understanding.
This year also marks the third anniversary of the Japan Culture Night, presented by the Longmeadow High School East Asia Club. The event will include presentations by the Takikawa Junior Ambassadors on school and city life, an interactive demonstration of Taiko Drumming, a karate demonstration as well as some hands on activities including origami and calligraphy. The audience will also be treated to a traditional Japanese folk dance performed by the Junior Ambassadors.
The program will be held at Longmeadow High School, 95 Grassy Gutter Road, Longmeadow Massachusetts starting at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 14th, 2015. The cost is $10.00 per person or $5.00 for students, and the money raised will be used to help support the exchange program.
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