On the 15
September, 22 Atherton State High School students and three staff members set
off on a cultural study tour to Japan. This was the first time in about 6
years Atherton SHS has visited Japan. The trip was a tremendous success
and the students and staff thoroughly enjoyed themselves. The trip
consisted of three nights in Tokyo, three nights in Kyoto and two nights in
Hiroshima. Some of the great attractions that we visited in Tokyo –
Harajuku – the teenage area of Tokyo; Meiji Shrine; a Grand Sumo Tournament and
Tokyo Disneyland. In Kyoto we visited the Kiyomizudera , Kinkakuji and
Ryoanji Temples; the Zen Rock Garden and Nijo Castle. In Kyoto we had planned
to visit one of our schools that regularly visits Atherton SHS however due to a
typhoon, school was cancelled on this day! In Hiroshama, we visited the Peace
Park and Atom Bomb Museum where we had a private lecture from a Hiroshima
A-Bomb Survivor. Even though this lecture was in full Japanese and
interpreted for us, this was very moving for all. In Hiroshama, we also took a short ferry ride
to Mivajima Island known as one of ‘Japan’s Three Most Beautiful Places’.
A huge thank you to Suzanne Markwick for the organisation of the trip.
Due to the tremendous success of this trip, Suzanne is now planning the 2017
trip! So watch this space!