March 7, 2017 10:21 AM
Yonago Hokuto School junior high school students in Tottori, Japan visited Mid-Pacific on March 6, 2017. They shared two presentations on origami, the Japanese art of folding paper and kimono or traditional Japanese garment. Mid-Pacific middle school students in the Design Thinking, Digital Storytelling, and Japanese Exploratory classes learned how to fold a paper crane, symbolizing peace, longevity, and good fortune. "Senbazuru" or 1000 cranes is said to make one's wishes come true and is often given to patients in the hospital or to honor those who have lost their lives in the war.
Yonago Hokuto students also sang the famous Japanese song "Ue o Muite Aruko" also known as "Sukiyaki". The lyrics translate to "I look up as I walk" and symbolize hope for the future. The Japanese students expressed their hope for rebuilding their hometown and other towns in Japan hit by recent earthquakes, reminding us about the Great East Japan Earthquake that hit northern Japan on March 11 six years ago.
In exchange, two Mid-Pacific students shared about their Hawaiian Studies research projects on Hawaiian architecture, explaining the different architectural trends over time in Hawaii. In addition, Mid-Pacific students showcased the kahiko or traditional Hawaiian hula dance. For the Japanese students, it was their first time in Hawaii and many showed interest in learning more about Hawaiian culture and sharing their own culture with students of the same age. One student expressed his gratitude, "Thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to broaden our horizons through this exchange. "