Dartmouth Middle School students were taught first-hand about the Japanese culture by eight students visiting from Hemet’s sister city Marumori, Japan. The eight students stayed with various Hemet families throughout the week and were immersed in American culture. For these students, it was the first time they spent time away from their families.
From March 27-31, student-visitors attended classes, toured the city, and enjoyed the different varieties of food we have to offer. At the end of the week, the Japanese students made a presentation to Dartmouth students. They taught them about games they routinely played, origami, and Ayatori, a string of wool they intertwine in their fingers to make different shapes.
After the students and their chaperones left Hemet, they traveled to Universal Studios and the Grand Canyon. It was a culturally informative week for all of the students who were involved. While the visit seemed short, lasting friendships were created. It is always enjoyable when students from Japan visit because it provides students, staff, and families with a memorable cross-cultural experience.
Thank you to the chaperones and the students for choosing to visit Dartmouth Middle School once again!