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Update at July 7, 2004: *All* the Himeji 2004 photos!

And I mean *all*...


They're back: From Vashon to Himeji, 2004!


The first three sets of 2004 photos, received while the trip was underway:

The third batch of 2004 photos is here!

The second batch of 2004 photos is here!

The first batch of 2004 photos is here!

The Himeji 2004 trip itinerary as of 03/31/04


They're home!

Sat Apr 24 13:29:24 PDT 2004

An email from Sensei!


News! News! News!

Thu Apr 22 06:20:15 PDT 2004

An email from Tina! More of what they've all been doing!


News! News! News!

Mon Apr 19 18:04:19 PDT 2004

An email from Sensei! More of what they've all been doing!


News! News! News!

Mon Apr 19 07:30:52 PDT 2004 Vashon time

An email from Sensei! What they've all been doing! Messages from (some of) the kids! Sensei's quote for the day!


News! News!

Fri Apr 16 07:39:49 PDT 2004 Vashon time

This is from Sensei! Messages from all the kids! Also: see below for "Tina's Japan Update"!


News! News!

Fri Apr 16 07:39:49 PDT 2004 Vashon time

This is from Ms. Taylor!


News! News!

Thu Apr 15 19:59:18 PDT 2004 Vashon time

This is from Joanne Kicinski, forwarded from her father, who received an email from a family friend in Japan...

 

So let's see. Hiroshima and Miyajima would have been Thursday, Japan-time, or (roughly) Wednesday here..


OK. Let's see..

(8:15 A.M Friday Japan-time would be 4:15 P.M. Thursday the 15th, here..)


News! News!

Wed Apr 14 15:31:10 PDT 2004 Vashon time


OK. Let's just say that it's 8:00 A.M. Wednesday morning April 14, here on Vashon (which it is, right now..) so, "Add four hours, and switch A.M. to P.M. or vice versa..."

So that would make it 12:00 P.M. midnight, Wednesday-Thursday April 15 in Japan, so, according to the itinerary they are on Miyajima Island at Tsutsumigaura Nature Park!

So by around 1:00 A.M. tomorrow morning, our time here, they should be back to Himeji and off with the host families.

(I think. This time zone stuff is a little confusing...)

So maybe Thursday sometime I might hear from Maren :-)


It's official:

"We are off to Japan April 12. To keep up with us while we are travelling, check out our website:

http://www.finchhaven.com/pages/himeji/himeji_minami.html

Thanks to John Sage for putting the site together and keeping it updated!"

Now I can't wait to hear from Maren, and get some photos!


Cool! I've just (03/25/04) heard from Williams Sensei (Maren)!

> From: "Maren Williams" <marenwilliams@_______.com>
> To: jsage@finchhaven.com
> Subject: Himeji 2004
> Date: Fri, 26 Mar 2004 01:08:28 +0000
> 
> Hi. How are you? Thanks for doing this for us. It will be great
> for families and friends to be able to see where we are and what we
> are doing.
>
> I will send you the itinerary tomorrow from school. We will be gone
> from April 12-23 and will be travelling on our own for the first 3
> days. Some exciting things we will be doing for the first time
> include camping on Miyajima at Tsutsumigaura Nature Park,
> participation in an ancient Buddhist firewalking ceremony, taking
> the ropeway to the monkey park at the top of Mt. Misen, etc.

 


 

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Himeji Minami Senior High School, in Himeji city, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan, is Vashon High School's sister school.

Each year a group of students travel from Himeji, Japan to Vashon Island, or from Vashon Island to Himeji, for a one- to two week visit, alternating each year.

In 2002, approximately 15 Vashon High School students will be traveling to Himeji, Japan, from April 15-24, 2002.

Himeji Minami Senior High School,
Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan

The Himeji Minami Senior High School web site, and some web pages at Himeji Minami Senior High School:

"International Exchange -- Sister School Relationship: Vashon Island High School in the United States of America in Japanese!

"VASHON ISLAND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS AND TEACHERS: "Welcome to Himeji!" "Welcome to us" - 2006

Photos of the 2007 Himeji Minami students' visit to Vashon Island and Vashon High School

A list of previous visits to Himeji Minami High School, and to Vashon High School from Himeji


Himeji Minami Senior High School
Address: 191-5 Tenma Otsu-ku  Himeji  Hyogo  671-1143  Japan
Tel: 0792-36-1835

 

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About Himeji...


An excellent web site about the city of Himeji, itself:

"Welcome to Himeji"

"Himeji City has formed sister affiliations with five cities and one castle overseas and is strengthening the bonds of friendship through goodwill delegations, young people's visits and other mutual exchanges. The number of people from overseas visiting Himeji or taking up residence here, meanwhile, is increasing year by year and creating a need for a broadening of the scope of international communication in the city."



A good web site about Hyogo Prefecture

And that web site's pages about Himeji City itself

A map of Hyogo Prefecture

The Hyogo Prefecture Business and Cultural Center

And the Hyogo Prefecture Business and Cultural Center's *really* cool photo gallery of Hyogo Prefecture!


The Hyogo Prefecture Business and Cultural Center's got a *really* cool photo gallery of Hyogo Prefecture!


 

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Japan travel


The Japan National Tourist Organization


Kansai International Airport

A map of Kansai Airport

International Arrivals at Kansai


The Statistical Handbook of Japan, 2006

There are two excellent maps here: a geographical map of Japan and an administrative map of Japan



An excellent railway map of central Japan

The West Japan Railway Company

The Japan Railways Group for "western Japan"



 

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Japan News


The Asahi Shimbun

The Japan Times online



Kyodo News

Kid's Web Japan


Some of these links were quite happily stolen from Williams Sensei's homepage!


 

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Japan weather


The weather for Himeji, Kyogo, Japan

At weather.yahoo.com

Japan weather at the Japan National Tourist Organization

Forecasts for the Kyoto/Osaka/Kobe areas

2007 West Pacific hurricane information :-/

(Actually, they're called "typhoons" - and the real season in the west Pacific is mostly from June through December)


Some interesting Japan-related links:


 

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About the time difference:

Williams Sensei says: "Add four hours, and switch A.M. to P.M., or vice versa."

So, say the kids left Vashon High School at 5:30am Monday, which (adding four hours and switching A.M. to P.M.) is 9:30pm Monday night in Himeji...

Of course, there's also the International Date Line in between here and there, but that only comes into play when you're actually traveling. So although the kids left Vashon on Monday morning, they'll arrive in Japan on Tuesday afternoon, roughly 17 clock hours later.

And when they come home, they'll leave Japan at 5:00pm local time, Wednesday April 24, and arrive here at 1:15pm the same day! Time travel!

(I think... :-)


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