KidZania at Kizania Tokyo

At Kizania Tokyo. KidZania provides children and their parents a safe, unique, and very realistic educational environment that allows kids between the ages of four to twelve to do what comes naturally to them: role-playing by mimicking traditionally adult activities. As in the real world, children perform "jobs" and are either paid for their work (as a fireman, doctor, police officer, journalist, shopkeeper, etc.) or pay to shop or to be entertained.

The activities were in Japanese. It was a great education experience. Students enjoyed so much treated like an adult with polite Japanese adult worker. 

At the end of the homestay

All 7 Japanese track students had great time with their host families. Each family took our students to a lot of places and students had many great experiences like making soba noodles, skiing, and hot springs.

On the last day of school, each student's parent took the host family to a dinner and had great time. Every family took phone numbers and made Facebook connections. Now adays it is free to make phone calls and video calls. That helps our students connect with the host family more easily. Many of the Japanese students want to visit us later!

Some of the host family mothers and children cried when we said thank you and good bye. They felt and treated our students like family members.

Each student got an album from their host family. They will share the photos with you later when we get back to school.

#2 at Takadai Elementary School in Chitose City, Hokkaido.

Students attended all activities including cleaning room after the class. Because it is the end of a school year, Japanese students are practicing for their graduation ceremony.

Students enjoyed and tried all Japanese school lunch every day. Sophie's teacher, Mr. Takeda told Sophie, 'Food is from a life of nature, don't waste any and try a bite even though you don't like.' Sophie had a bite of scallop. Yummy!

In social studies, the 4th grade class that Sophie and Kylie were with was studying about Otaru city where we will go on a trip this Sunday. Sophie and Kylie learned about the city with classmates and got a lot of information about it.

In math class, Kylie's classroom teacher, Mr. Haruki taught abacus. Kylie really enjoyed the old Japanese calculator.

Our kids all look so relaxed and happy!

From Jennifer

Our kids are off with their host families. There was some nervous faces, but ended with smiles. The day was spent with a great buffet breakfast that included everything you could ever want including natto and to American cereal. Then Taka Sensei took all of us on a walk of Chitose which included snow fights, stops at a great bakery and a Tempura lunch. We returned to get ready to meet our families and meet the administration of their host school. The parents are all excited for our kids and this opportunity. We want to thank all the teachers in the Japanese track that have gotten our children to this point. Now we parents get to play.