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Arrived to the snow country, 雪の新潟に到着


After having 2 nights at host families in Tokyo, students from Yap moved to Minamiuonuma, Niigata, where still 1 meter of snow remains.



Again, they are to have one more night with Japanese families here. They will experience life in rural Japan.


Some of those were joining Karate class at the community center.


Business day, March 22nd, 3月22日企業を訪問

Today, we study all the day. After we checked out Youth Hostel, we went to a construction company by train. This is first time for them to take a train. The company is involved with Yap very much. We have very careful explanation about “development and environment” in this company. For Yap, development is very important word. “What do they want to change Yap from now on?” This is important question for them. In the afternoon, we moved by subway and visit the hotel, after we had lunch. “What can we do for environment in this business we know that obviously destroys environment. We must think too many things. And thank you for these companies to welcome kindly. After visiting these companies, we went to Hibiya Park, saw stone money which set in there, and came back to Youth Hostel. On arriving there, we had an explanation about homestay. After that, they were picked up by their host family.

130322前田講座01s 今日は一日勉強の日でした。午前中はユースホステルをチェックアウトした後、初めての電車に乗り、ヤップ島とも関係の深い建設会社に行ってきました。ここでは、開発と環境についてとても丁寧に説明してもらいました。



How do they feel about first trip by train? They looked little nervous for using tickets and riding on a train. And some Yapese was surprising at big noise made by train. Then, I wonder they have no idea to look stone money in Japan, they were surprised at stone money in Hibiya Park. Some Yapese thought why does this stone money fall sideways, another thought how valuable is this stone money. If you want to see the stone money, please look for!!

130322地下鉄の切符 初めての電車移動はみんなにとってどうだったのでしょうか。初めて切符を使って改札を通り、ほとんどの子が初めて乗る電車に緊張しながら乗っていました。電車から降りた後、電車が通りすぎるたびにする大きな音にとても驚いている子もいました。また、日本で見るとは思わなかったのか、日比谷公園にある石貨にもみんな驚いていたみたいです。驚きながらも、石貨の向きがちょっとおかしくて首をひねっている子や石貨の価値が気になっている子もいました。気になった方は日比谷公園で石貨を探してみてください!


They may be tired because they had so many newly experiences in few days. But can they relax at their homestay? Please enjoy your homestay!! I’m looking forward to sharing their experiences!

P.S. Sorry for being late for submitting;;
Written by Yuki Yoshimura

Home stay! ホームステイに出発

At 5 p.m. family members were showing up to pick up their hosting students. Many of those visited Yap before and now are grown up having their own family members. Yapese students were a bit nervous but with those young sisters and brothers, they headed to their homes with smile.



Lunch and subway, お昼ご飯と地下鉄

During corporate visits, students took lunch in an open cafeteria in central business area, Yurakucho.



On the way back to the hostel, they experienced to take a ride on subway.



Visiting big businesses, 大企業を訪問

The day 3 would be ‘Big business day.’ Students started to have a lecture at Maeda corporation, a global construction company which once build fishing harbors and large freezers in Yap.   The company provided them a overview of environmental issues in general and then moved to their cases in their development activities. 130322前田講座渡辺さんs



On the way to Maeda corporation, students took a ride on a commuting train.



Busy day, March 21st, 3月21日の記録

21th, March, 2013
bySAKANE Natsumi
Today was one of the busiest day. And the weather was totally different from that of yesterday: it was cold and windy.
Most Yapese seemed to feel cold all day long. (some got out without giving it too much thought about the weather so they seemed even to get frozen. anyway, in a sense, it was a good experience for them to know the difference of climate before they go to Nigata)
We gathered at 7 in the morning!! (crazy….so early!!) We got on a bus and went to Tsukizi Fish Market.
At the market, Mr.Hirako showed us some restaurants which he recommended to have breakfast.
After we had breakfast, Mr.Niimi from Daito Gyorui company took us to see through the fish market. There were plenty of fish with different types, colors and shapes. Many of those fish seemed familiar to Yapish students.
And then Mr.Niimi gave us a lecture and showed us a video about how the fish market is working now and its history.
For me this was also the first time to see around Tsukizi fish market, so it was amazing and I learned about a lot of things.
Next we went to the “Chuohu Bohatei,” it is the dumping site of garbage from all over Tokyo 23 wards.
It was huge area. Even Japanese, we rarely see inside the dumping site, so there were a lot of things which I knew for the first time .
Then, we tested water visibility in two spots in order to compare with that in Yap.  At a river management center and we were welcomed by a lot of officers and through the lectures here we learned that water and waste are really connected issues.
In late evening we took “UDON,” or Japanese noodles and had reflection session at the youth hostel exchanging opinions over trash and water issues.
At the end, I really appreciate my friend, Xinle, for her hard work for the translation in such busy schedule.


 そして、その後、会議室で主に築地市場につい てのビデオとレクチャーを受けました。
 予定より1時間遅れの帰りとなりへとへと。(もちろん、日本人も。うー ん、日本人のほうが!?)
そ ろそろ彼らも、ごはん前の「いただきます」、後の「ごちそうさま」は慣れたもの。お箸も大半がだいぶ慣れてきて楽しそうに夕食を食べていました。
 今日はテーマが水とごみということで、朝早くからたくさんの 場所にいき、レクチャーも3つほど受けたので、スケジュール的にはタイトでしたが、様々な問題が絡み合った、一筋縄ではいかない現実をみることができ、私たち日本人にとっても、もちろんヤップの子たちにとっても実り多き日でした。

Fish market and Dumping site, 魚市場とゴミ処分場

The world largest fish market, TSUKIJI, the students from Yap visited this morning and walk around the area observing huge tunas and other fishes from the world.



The small aisles run like the shape of a huge fun. Shoppers and workers were quite busy in the morning hours.



Some tunas are from Japan ocean and some are from far away.



The recycling facility for styrofoam boxes was also in the most busiest situation.



Then, we visited the huge dumping site in the Tokyo bay which has more than 500 ha reclaimed land fill area.



Arriving Tokyo, March 20th by Xinle Su, 3月20日の記録

Today was the first day of the next 10 days we will spend together, and I really look forward to hopefully fun and fulfilling times together!

The day started at Narita Airport, where 7 of Ecoplus staff and volunteers gathered to welcome…our Yap friends! After the usual self-introductions (with a camera constantly trained on us by the TV crew… hope no one felt too nervous from the attention!), we set off for the youth hostel at Iidabashi. On the bus, everyone tucked into their bentos (packed food) after listening to Natsumi teach them how to use the chopsticks! It seemed like our Yap friends were fast chopstick-using learners so I was really impressed!


Over at the hostel, fatigue was visibly evident on everyone’s faces as they sunk back into the armchairs at the lobby. Yet their excitement got the better of them, and within an hour or so, after storing their language, we were off! Divided into three groups, we went around the area, which had many historically and culturally significant sites, such as the Imperial Palace where the royal family lives, Yasukuni Shrine, and Budoukan, an indoor arena which was built for the 1964 Summer Olympics judo competition. For my group, we walked till the East Garden of the Imperial Palace, before we headed back, as our feet grew heavy from all the walking. Kudos to everyone for persevering despite having had a long and sleepless night during the flight!

After we assembled back at the hotel, the Yap visitors finally checked in and got some rest, before assembling for dinner again. As a foreigner myself in Japan, I never got to learn the proper way of clasping your hands together and saying “Itadakimasu” before, and “Gochisousamadeshita” after dinner until today, so it was a learning experience for me as well! We spent a bit of time after that on reflections on what we found interesting, and it was fascinating for me as well to see how the Yap friends thought about the crowds, the traffic and the flowers.

The day was soon brought to a close, to allow our Yap friends to be well rested for tomorrow! If you see this the night I’m posting this, it means that you should really be sleeping because tomorrow will be really packed! Good night!





まもなく、解散でした!ヤップの子供たちが十分な睡眠を取るといいですね。もし私がこれを書き込んだ当日に読んでいるなら、それが、そろそろ寝ないと、ということですよ。今日はお疲れ様でした!おやすみなさい!:) また明日ね!

First dinner in Japan, 日本で初めての夕食

From 6 p.m. we have dinner together. Deep fried fish, cooked chicken, salad, soup and rice. Nothing similar to food in Yap, students finished dishes quickly. Tomorrow, we will go to the fish market in TSUKIJI area from 7 a.m. so students went back to their rooms after finishing reflection session.