Oct 10, 2017

Ishinomaki HS Students Exchange, 12th Taylor Bunko Opens and Speech Contest Winner

Ishinomaki Exchange Students Leaving Japan
Ishinomaki Exchange Students Leaving Japan

Ishinomaki HS Students August Homestays in Richmond and Washington, DC.

Six Ishinomaki High School Students spent a week in the US with both Richmond and Washington, DC families.  The first full day was highlighted by a Richmond Historic Canal boat ride followed by the families taking their Ishinomaki HS students to Richmond landmarks such as Shockoe bottom, Church Hill, Libby Hill, the Tyler Potterfield Bridge and then on to shopping!   The next day was Kings Dominion Day in Ashland, VA!  Rides, water park, games food and fun together! We had a Richmond farewell dinner for the students where they performed the Soran Bushi and Kazuya played the guitar, sang, and did "beatbox". Thank you to the Harris-Evans family for organizing the Richmond portion of the trip!  It was nice to have everyone together before the students started the second part of their journey in the Washington, DC area. 

After a farewell to the home stay families in Richmond, including renewing a bond from Richmond students visiting Ishinomaki in 2014, it was on to Lake Fairfax Park to meet the DC host families for an ice cream party. Thank you to Akane Shirata of Camp O-en and the Keisho Japanese Heritage Center for arranging the home stays and activities in the Washington, DC area.

Washington, DC included visits to the Air and Space Center, Tyson's Corner, many DC landmarks, and making Somen no Nori at Camp O-en. The students were seen off at Dulles and met by Takanaria-san at Narita before they took their flight to Sendai and home to Ishinomaki! The friends and memories made were truly special!

12th Taylor Bunko Installation

Endo-san completed the 12th Taylor Bunko and it was installed at Inai elementary school on  back-to-school day.   The school held a ceremony for the installation which included a book certificate for the school to purchase books for the bunko.

Ishinomaki Junior High Schools Speech Contest

The champion won the speech contest and the Taylor award trophy.   The Taylor trophy is made by Endo-san. The winner talked about social media's merits and demerits.  She introduced a story from March 11, 2011 when a mother was on the roof and surrounded by fire. She texted to her son in England, and he gave her the advice to tweet where she was. The Tokyo Fire Department sent a helicopter immediately and saved her and her neighbors.

Her JET teacher Nicolas was overjoyed when his student's name was called as the champion. Ms. Ogurasawa, her English teacher helped them like she did when she worked with Taylor at Mangokuura JH six years ago.

Thank you for your support which helps us continue programs like these to help Ishinomaki students affected by the disaster to continue to learn and expand their horizons!

Richmond Farewell Party
Richmond Farewell Party
Ishinomaki and Richmond Students
Ishinomaki and Richmond Students
Ishinomaki Students with Richmond and DC families
Ishinomaki Students with Richmond and DC families
Inai Elementary School Taylor Bunko Ceremony
Inai Elementary School Taylor Bunko Ceremony
Ishinomaki Junior High English Speech Competition
Ishinomaki Junior High English Speech Competition

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Sep 5, 2017

Students Report on Summer Intern Programs

Akino with friend at Mampei Hotel Internship
Akino with friend at Mampei Hotel Internship

Kato-san, The President of the Sendai YMCA International Hotel and Pastry School, shares messages from the  four new students about their internship training at hotels until middle of September.  The second year student, Fuka, tells us she has been hired for a new job to start after her graduation in March!

 Message from Akino -

I have been at Mampei Hotel for job training for two months.  I worked as a bell staff and will work as a waitress from September 1st at Café Terrace.

The Mampei Hotel is located in Karuizawa, Nagano, a summer retreat.

It was built 123 years ago and John Lennon often visited there.

I worked as a bell staff for about a month, from July 17th to August 29th.

I made a lot of mistakes and made trouble for staff at first, but I worked very hard and I was given compliments and appreciative comments from guests.

I spent one month considering again and again what kind of hotel staff to be, my good point and bad point.

The photo above is taken with my friend working together here.

I had the Royal Milk Tea which John Lennon introduced directly.  It was good.

 Message from Chiho -

 I worked at the Sendai Royal Park Hotel in Miyagi Prefecture from July 24th to August 31st.  I belonged to the guest relations section and worked at the front desk, door and lobby lounge where I could see guests directly.  I guided hotel tours and explained the usage of the rooms. I did a lot of things.  I was a person called like a jack-of-all-trades.  I learned many things from senior staff.

I learned a lot of things by myself and tried to do as many things as possible.

I made good relationships with not only guests but also all of staff to inform about accommodation, restaurant, banquet, wedding and so on.

It was good training from which I learned techniques and knowledge of hotel staff.

I felt much progress after two months and it was a good experience for me.

I will study harder with this experience to improve myself.

 Message from Fuka -

 I have been working very hard as a JOB HUNTER because I am a second year student.

I got a job at the Newton in Tokyo on June 30th,, whose aim is to be a “Human Happiness Provider” to connect a person with personal happiness.

I can work out my new start thanks to you.

I am looking forward to seeing you again.

 Message from Yuuka -

 I have been having job training at the Yokohama Royal Park Hotel for one month.

Mainly my work is serving at a hall.

It is easy to work at breakfast time because of buffet style, but at lunch time, we serve course meal, so it was difficult to learn all names of meals.  Now I can explain not only names of meals, but also ingredients.  I am improving.

At the beginning of the training, I needed a lot of direction, but recently, I got many compliments from staff, chief and sometimes from guests.

I became friendly with trainees from other school and staff.  I have been enjoying working fun every day with satisfaction.

On my day off, I am eager to find good sightseeing spots in Minatomirai enjoying myself.

I will work very hard for the rest of one month.

 Message from Riku -

 After the previous video letter, I have been studying to improve my English to pass the English proficiency test and TOEIC for job training.  However, I couldn’t understand what guests said and what they wanted to know during training.  So I often asked other staff to help me.  I panicked, talked fast and made a lower voice.  I often got the words “What did you say?”  But now I am better because of various advice by the staff.

Because the hotel I am working at is an official hotel of Tokyo Disney Resort, a lot of guests such as families, students on school trips, couples, etc. come here.   I have been working at the floor service section.  I take care of guests’ belongings and take guests to their rooms.  So it is very important work.  I got used to it gradually after one month.  I will work very hard to provide memorable service for the guests without forgetting the first feelings, never forget concentration and responsibility.  My English is not good enough for any hotels, so I will study English after training, too.

 

Thank you for the support you have given these students.  It is your help which makes it possible for them to pursue their chosen careers

Fuka's Job Announcement at Sendai YMCA School
Fuka's Job Announcement at Sendai YMCA School
Fuka's Honey Toast Creation
Fuka's Honey Toast Creation
Yuuka at Yokohama Royal Park Hotel Internship
Yuuka at Yokohama Royal Park Hotel Internship

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Jul 11, 2017

Ishinomaki HS Students Visiting US & Donation Match TOMORROW, July 12th!

Ishinomaki HS & Richmond Students - 2016 Exchange
Ishinomaki HS & Richmond Students - 2016 Exchange

Summer High School Student Exchange

We are excited to have six Ishinomaki High School students visiting Richmond, VA and Washington, DC for homestays with families in both areas!  They will arrive August 11th and departing August 17th with three nights with families in each area.   Three of the students now in high school were taught by Taylor.  All of the students come from different high schools in Ishinomaki and we are most grateful to Aya Nakagawa of Project Yui for helping us recruit the students.  We are pleased to further develop leadership and independence skills by having a student leader who participated in the exchange two years ago and having Richmond and Washington, DC students help plan the exchange.   We would also like to thank All Nippon Airways for their continued support!  Watch for our Facebook posts when the students are here to enjoy the news of the exchange!

 

Give on GG Rewards Bonus Day TOMORROW July 12th

The annual GG Rewards Bonus Day is TOMORROW, July 12th and donations will be matched up to 50% from $110,000 in matching funds!  The help is greatly appreciated to make exchanges like this possible!  Please donate tomorrow and have your donation partially matched!

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