【 March 25, 2016 】
In the middle of February ten teachers and twenty students from eight high schools
in Taiwan, visited Inawashiro Town and Fukushima City.
After looking around a ski resort in Listel Ski Fantasia, they had time to get together with Japanese students at Fukushima Seikei High School.
They had chances to exchange information about Taiwanese and Japanese school lives in English and in Japanese. In groups of two or three, Japanese students led their peers from Taiwan. They showed them around the school and grounds while both Japanese and Taiwanese students got to know each other through a series of “ice breakers.”
Zhuo Yiting, in her second year at Kaohsiung Municipal Girls’ Senior High School in Taiwan, said, “I appreciate people in Fukushima prefecture, because they gave me warm hospitality. After trying a sled in Inawashiro Town, I was very impressed with my first experience with snow. I definitely would like to come to Fukushima again. I came to realize differences between Taiwanese and Japanese culture after learning about club activities at Fukushima Seikei High School. From now on, I want to keep a tie with the students.” On the other hand, Madoka Sato, in her second year at Fukushima Seikei High School, said, “Although the Taiwanese students could only speak a little Japanese, I was surprised by their overall language ability. I also want to tell them more about winter attractions, like snow, here in Fukushima prefecture, because it is so different from the mild climate of Taiwan.”
The next day, they visited Tsuruga Castle in Aizuwakamatsu City and Aquamarine Fukushima in Iwaki City. Then they returned to Taiwan.