March 21, 2019

Capstone 2019: Otaru, Hokkaido – The Last Day


Taka sensei has been an extraordinary guide on this trip and has been taking  the kids to many interesting places. This last one was no exception.

We met in the morning and departed to Otaru, a small city that has a charming environment and history. Otaru was a  former fish processing plant built in 1897, it was the industry’s key role in the city’s earlier years. In 1923, the Otaru Canal was finished and used to offload ships via barges, and was established to lengthen the distance that goods could be distributed. Eventually the canal was no longer necessary to serve it’s function once the docks were established and was to be landfilled, nowadays is lined with cafes and shops in converted old warehouses.

Otaru also had a beautiful music box museum and our kids experienced the old and the new in this enchanted place.

We had lunch in a nice sushi place where we used the traditional table and we were sitting in the traditional way with no shoes, after that, we went to a place where they processed fish leftover to make it fish paste. We all learned how Japanese people do not leave anything to waste

As we came back some girls decided to go to an Onsen, (hot spring thermal waters spa), and others decided to rest before our final dinner together.

We went to a place called Alice and the theme was Alice in Wonderland and it was a marvelous way for the kids to finish their capstone trip. Filled with deserts and a magical birthday cake for Liam whose birthday happened to be during our capstone trip. The smiles were big.

Despite of some kids feeling sick, the trip was a memorable one with a great teacher who does everything possible to make sure his students get the best of the experiences.

Amazing work of Taka sensei for organizing with detail every day and giving a joyful experience to all. Finally some of them continued the celebration by going to Karaoke and singing away their sweet last day of Capstone in Japan. – Celina, TIS Parent and 3rd Grade Teacher 

Photos By TIS Parent Darren Halstead