Capstone 2018: Student Reflection
“My favorite part of the Capstone trip was home stay. The family that I stayed with lived in Chitose, Hokkaido. I attended Takadai Elementary School with my home stay student Kokona.
During this time of the year there is a lot of snow, so kids play outside with snow all the time. One day one of Kokona’s friends’ dad took Kokona, her friends and me to hills to do sledding. We put three sleds together and went down the hill. It was so much fun, we were there for more than two hours.
On another day Kokona’s mom took us to a city indoor pool. In the pool we played tag and went on the water slide. The water slide was long and also went outside.
Kokona and I also went to Kokona’s grandma’s house. Her grandma was hanging a blue net with salmon in it to make it into Japanese salmon jerky. The Japanese salmon jerky was very chewy but it tasted so good. Her grandma said that she hangs the salmon for about one month to make them. Hokkaido salmon is well known in Japan.
At Takadai Elementary School there are many things done differently from how we do in TIS.
For example kids don’t bring their own lunch, but they are provided with lunch by school. What I thought was interesting is that kids take turns to serve lunch to other kids. And I was also able to taste many different Japanese dishes.
The second thing is that they bring ski wear to school when they want to play outside.
It was really fun doing homestay and attending Takadai elementary school. I wish I could repeat 5th grade and do Capstone again!” – Julia Iwanow