Japanese students leave quake zone for Kitsap

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by CHRIS DANIELS/KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on March 23, 2011 at 11:20 PM

KINGSTON, KITSAP COUNTY -  “Squirrels! Raccoons!”

 They’re the little things which are putting smiles on the faces of a group of teenagers from Tokyo, which are now going to school in Kitsap County.
 
The 13 girls, who attend Shimokitazawa Seitoku High School in Tokyo, left the Japanese Capital two days after the quake and tsunami hit.  It was long planned, as part of a student exchange with their sister school of Kingston High.
 
“It’s been exciting, and my students have enjoyed this trip,” says their advisor and chaperone Tetsuo Okoshi, “I like the nature, nature make me relax.”
 
The girls admitted they were a bit homesick, and concerned about family.  But they also are enjoying their stay and experiencing the culture.
During a conversation Wednesday, the girls remarked with amazement at how much property people had, how different the milk tastes, and how people held the door open for them.
 
The students are staying with host families in North Kitsap, and attending classes at the high school until the end of the month.

Kingston High School students will visit Shimokitazawa Seitoku during the summer of 2012.

 

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