Handsworth Japan Exchange
In 1970, the City of North
Vancouver established a sister-city relationship with Chiba City, Japan. In 1989 the first Handsworth trip to Japan
occurred, and it was in 1992 that the regular student exchange was established
with Inage High School, in Chiba.
The Handsworth Japan
Exchange has been offered annually to grade 9 students for over 20 years
The first component of the
exchange is the hosting of a student from Inage High school in early
October. Japanese students must be
provided their own room in your home for the duration of their visit. Your student will not only stay with your
family, but also join you for in-class visits, group activities and a farewell
party at the end of their stay.
From January to April there
are regular meetings in preparation for the trip. The two-week itinerary typically includes
Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, Hiroshima, Takayama, Chiba, Tokyo and either Himeji or
Miyajima. Our first week is spent
touring Japan, while our second week is spent being hosted by Inage High School
students. While in Chiba we serve as
representatives of North Vancouver, and as such, engage in official functions
such as formal visits to the mayor’s office and other ceremonies.
JAPAN EXCHANGE 2020
Interested Grade 8 students and their parents are invited to attend a Japan Exchange 2019/2020 information meeting in the Learning Commons/Library on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. Application forms for next year's Japan Exchange are due by Wednesday, May 15, 2019. Please contact Mr. Forsyth at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions regarding next year's exchange.
2019 Dates: April 2 – 16th
Please contact Mike Forsyth @ email@example.com or Troy Burtt @ tburtt@sd44 for more information.
For more information please contact teacher organizer, please see Mr. Forsyth in Room 227 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To see highlights from past
trips, please visit the following links:
2018 Japan Weblog: https://handsworthjapan2018.wordpress.com/
2017 Japan Weblog: https://handsworthjapan2017.wordpress.com/
2016 Japan Weblog: https://handsworthjapan2016.wordpress.com/
link to pictures: https://www.flickr.com/photos/104843648@N06/albums/72157665153301463
2013 Japan Weblog:
Japan Exchange Information
Our weblog is live! You'll find updates throughout the trip here.
In the bottom right hand corner of the blog you'll find a link that says
"follow". If you enter your email there, you'll be notified when there's updates
so you don't have to keep checking back!