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    An idea or two
    By Cathy-Dee

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    We had a Japanese Intern this past year at our school and it was great.

    The Japanese people very much enjoy their tea ceremonies. Perhaps you could do a cultural exchange with them.

    Have your class or even the whole grade level prepare a tea party similar to how we would do it in the States or Canada.

    Then perhaps your visitors if they are comfortable with the idea could share part of how they do the Japanese tea ceremony. They may not be able to do this if they don't have the right things with them. But you could ask.

    Another way they could share with your class is to show each student how to write their names in Japanese.


    Another idea would be for each student to make something in Origami. There are many books out there with instructions, you could choose a simple design or two for them to do.

    From what I've seen of the Japanese people they are very gracious and would enjoy anything you'd present to them. You could have each class make a welcome card as well for them.

    Another neat idea that all the classes could participate in would be to make a welcome box for your guests.

    Each student could buy or find one item (small) that would be something about where they live or the country they live in. Ideas could be
    pins, buttons, pens, a small flag, rocks, pictures of the area, stickers or things from some of the local companies, small containers of local candies or chocolates - or homemade items as well.
    I'm sure if your class brain-stormed they could come up with tons of ideas and it would be a neat souvenir for your guests to take home with them.

    Hope this helps!



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