Today, after a lovely sleep in until 8am, my host sister Kanoko and I set off to Atomi Gakuen for our farewell party.
We arrived at 10.30 and started preparing for our performances by singing, playing instruments and page-turning. We had a short break for lunch, featuring rice balls, gyoza and many sweets, before returning to our rehearsals.
At 2pm, our host families began to arrive and we seated ourselves at the front of the room to watch the show.
It started with a Japanese Harp Performance involving 4 girls, Aoi, Kana, Yuka and Noe.
After their beautiful performance, the St Rita’s School Anthem and Waltzing Matilda were sung by the St Rita’s girls.
This was followed by a Japanese Dance Performance by Aoi and several songs from the Atomi Gakuen girls and their teacher, including “Castle in the Sky” from popular anime Laputa, Edelweiss and the Atomi Gakuen School Song.
After these performances, Emma, Abby, Georgia-Rose and Olivia presented a short speech and we all formally thanked our host families. The concluded the party by singing Jingle Bells and taking photos.
The farewell ceremony was a wonderful success and I’m sure we will all miss our host families.
Upon arriving home, my host family and I began celebrating my host sister’s 12th birthday. We ate sweets together, bought a cake, took Japanese photos together and ate a delicious dinner.
We now prepare for the exciting journey home tomorrow, but I’m sure we’ll never forget the wonderful experiences and people we have met here in Japan.
As the St Rita’s Japan Tour 2013 comes to an end, our last day was filled with enjoyment and memories which will last a life time.
Our day began by arriving at Atomi Gakuen to make some quick purchases from the school’s uniform shop, before heading to the music room.
Both the St Rita’s and Atomi host family girls begun practicing their songs and dances- hoping we would succeed in the final product! The St Rita’s girls practiced “Waltzing Matilda”, “Jingle Bells” and the St Rita’s anthem. With help from Ashleigh and Eliza giving us the musical touch, our performance was a great success (thanks guys!)
Atomi students Aoi, Yuka, Kana and Noe performed the traditional instrument, Koto, as well as all girls performing the songs Castle in the Sky and their Atomi Gakuen school anthem. It was an interesting and cultural experience!
The parents and family members enjoyed the fun trivia quiz relating to Australia which they found challenging but fun!! 🙂
After the party, I stocked up on some last minute matcha ice cream, green tea, kawaii (cute) stationery and melon bread! (Matcha ice cream and melon bread are my new addictions!!)
My host sister, Mayuko, and I went to Purikura (photo booth) for the last time and I thank her and the Sakai family for all these wonderful memories we have created together. I hope to be close friends with Mayuko forever, and even though we will part tomorrow, I know we will meet again soon! ありがとうございました ☆