The students greeted us at the door - they also have a very small number of students, only 40. Then we attended different groups for activities in: Judo, Calligraphy, and Koto - a musical instrument of Japan. I attended Koto and learned how to play the instrument. It was very difficult to learn, but beautiful to listen to. After this we learned some Japanese manners of how to bow and serve tea!
At Tonan Jr. High we learned about their recycling program and roof garden that grows cucumbers to help shade the windows from the sun.
In Kyoto, I was able to see many of the sights and did so much walking. It is a very large city with a lot of history - it was also a capital of Japan at one time!
Now I am back in Tokyo fro the joint conference with US and Japanese teachers. We will be discussing what we learned and projects we hope to complete on sustainable development.
Question: What project would you like to work on with Japanese schools? Areas we are looking at are: the enviroment, human impact, culture, world heritage, peace, and students' responsibility.