École Handsworth Secondary
North Vancouver School District
Japan Exchange

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 now. 

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.


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 mforsyth@sd44.ca if you have any questions regarding next year's exchange.


2019 Dates: April 2 – 16th

Visit https://handsworthjapan2019.wordpress.com/ for upcoming news and highlights from the Japan 2019 trip.

Please contact Mike Forsyth @ mforsyth@sd44.ca 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 mforsyth@sd44.ca.

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: http://handsworthjapan2013.wordpress.com/


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!