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[英語版] Osaka City High School Student Dispatch for Promoting Sister Intercity Exchange with Chicago

2019年6月13日

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Purpose of this project:

The purpose of this project is to send Osaka City high school students to our sister city Chicago in order to deepen the friendship between the cities through interactions with its local high school students and its residents and to contribute to the promotion of the international trust and partnership.

 

After the dispatch, the group is planning to have report meetings about their precious experiences and the accomplishments they have made, so that elementary and junior high school students can increase their motivation for learning English and their interests in foreign countries and that citizens deepen their understanding about the improvement of city attractiveness and interactions between sister cities.

 

This project is done with the “Osaka City Genki Tsukuri Fund,*” which is donated to Osaka City.

 

  • *Osaka City Genki Tsukuri Fund: It is used for projects, which make the foundation for building up a suitable culture or industry to revive Osaka and to make Osaka City more active and more attractive.

Overview of this project:

  • Term of the dispatch       Saturday, March 9 to Monday, March 18, 2019
  • Destination                      Chicago, the United States of America
  • Group members              10 students from Osaka municipal senior high schools

Status of this project:

The group has finished their 10-day itinerary and has come back safely. Currently, they are preparing for the report meetings after completing written reports.

Main activities in Chicago:

  • Visit the Consulate-General of Japan in Chicago
  • Attend KIZUNA 8, an event that commemorates the Great East Japan Earthquake
  • Visit Chicago Sister Cities International (CSCI) and Chicago City Hall
  • Northwestern University Tour
  • Visit Chicago History Museum, Chicago Cultural Enter, Mexican American Museum, and Millennium Park
  • Classes at Lake View High School and Amundsen High School
  • Japanese cultural presentation at Lake View High School and Amundsen High School
Staff and teachers

Visit Chigago City Hall

Teachers and students at City Counsil

Visit Chicago City Counsil.

Staff explains about the picture.

Visit the Art Institute of Chicago.

Students work in a class.

Attend a class at Amundsen High School.

Students study the computer science.

Attend a class at Lake View High School.

Students try Japanese calligraphy.

Present Japanese culture.

Japanese students dance.

Farewell party

Closing remarks from the escort teacher:

The 10 dispatched students fulfilled their role as the representatives of Osaka City and interacted well with Chicago citizens and local high school students. They showed Japanese culture and Osaka culture to Chicago residents and learned about the history and the current situation of Chicago. They deepened their relationship with them and contributed to the promotion of the partnership between Chicago and Osaka.

 

The students and the teachers of Lake View High School were much interested in our cultures and gradually spoke Osaka dialect more fluently. Both American and Japanese students interacted actively and enjoyed the conversations in English everywhere. Sometimes they had trouble in conveying their ideas, which became a good motivation for learning English instead.

 

Currently, they are now making written reports and preparing for report meetings about their study and experiences in this dispatch. Through them, students in Osaka City will be encouraged to learn English and become more interested in foreign countries. Also, Osaka City will be more internationalized and the citizens will deepen their understanding about the improvement of its attractiveness and the importance of sister city interactions.

Themes of the studies by students:

  • Differences in daily lives between Chicago and Osaka
  • Differences in public transportations, educational systems, and ways of thinking between Chicago and Osaka
  • Differences in urban design between Chicago City and Osaka City

Diary during the dispatch

Day 2: Sunday, March 10

I woke up late this morning and ate breakfast at the hotel. It was a buffet-style breakfast. I made a waffle and ordered an omelet. They tasted really good. Breakfast at the hotel was one of my favorite meals during the trip.

After breakfast, some of us went to a convenience store near the hotel. It was different from convenience stores in Japan. One of the difference was that the clerks didn’t say anything like “Irasshaimase” when we entered the store. They just listened to the music in their headphones or continued talking with another clerk. Also, it is normal for plastic bags not to be offered during check-out in order to be more environmentally friendly.

As soon as we got back to the hotel, we took a bus to the Consulate-General of Japan in Chicago. At the Consulate-General, we attended KIZUNA8, an event that commemorates the Great East Japan Earthquake. I was surprised that a memorial event for the Great East Japan Earthquake was held in Chicago because the distance between Chicago and Japan is more than 10,000 kilometers. After the event, we ate Japanese food. Most of the group members met up with their buddies from Lake View High School. During our stay, their friends showed us around Chicago.

After lunch, we went to the John Hancock Center, which is the 4th tallest building in Chicago. The view from the viewing platform was really beautiful. There were ice floes in Lake Michigan, which were beautiful. I also saw the cityscape of Chicago from the upper floor of the John Hancock Center. There are many tall buildings in Chicago, similar to Osaka.
After we left the John Hancock Center, we stopped by a supermarket before going back to the hotel by bus.
After resting for an hour, we ate dinner at the hotel. We had hamburgers. They were so big I thought I wouldn’t be able to finish, but eventually, I was able to finish eating one.

This day was a lot of fun.

 

Day 10: Monday, March 18

Looking back, I experienced so many things there; meeting many people, sightseeing, visiting public places, interacting with different cultures and so on. We were confused sometimes but we overcame by helping each other. Because of this, we came back to Japan with precious memories.


Lastly, the 10 Samurai’s challenge will be to meet again at the same old place, our sweet home Chicago!

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