March 9th, 2009: It’s about to start!
It began with a room full of unfamiliar peoples from strange lands. In less than one hour, the strangers became close enough to hold hands and even touch another person’s nose with their tongue. Ah, the power of group building games!
Before the official Suita city welcoming ceremony, World Campus – Japan participants, staff, and LOC members had the chance to get to know each other with games like “mingle mingle mingle”. The game encouraged everyone to be active and forced them to go beyond their comfort zone. What a great remedy for the jetlag!
Woohoo! After many hours of eager anticipation, the participants are finally here and the Spring 09 tour is under way! We received a hearty welcome from Mr. Sakaguchi, the mayor of Suita, and the host families! Although very tired from travel, everyone was extremely excited to meet their host families and the mayor.
“Welcome to Suita city. I hope your visit will help internationalize our city.” – Mr. Sakaguchi (Suita mayor)