Japanese exchange students visit Yayasan secondary school
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
FIFTEEN Japanese students yesterday visited Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah (YSHHB) Secondary School as part of an educational visit during their stay in the Sultanate.
Participants of the Wakayama Homestay Programme, the high school and university students have been living and learning Bruneian culture from their homestay families since their arrival on August 14.
The students comprising five males and 10 females are currently staying separately with six appointed foster families from different places in Muara, Tutong and Lumapas area until August 20.
Head of the delegation from the International Affairs Division under Wakayama Prefectural Government, Mimi Murase said that the visit to YSHHB Secondary school was meant to give the students an opportunity to interact with local students in the sultanate.
“Every year we send young people from Wakayama to come to Brunei to expose them with the culture. This is similar with Brunei, where the youth come to us every year commonly in November and December.
“The programme is important as it can strengthen the bilateral relationship. It will indirectly benefit both countries in terms of social as well as technological development,” said the Japanese officer.
A Tourism student from the University of Wakayama, Shino Takamiyagi said that despite their recent arrival to the sultanate, they are already enjoyed staying in the country.
“People in the country are very nice and they treat us like family. Its calm staying here as its not polluted with noises and the journey from one place to another is convenient as the country has good road system,” said the 21-year-old student.
During yesterday’s visit, the group was welcomed by the school’s CEO Noorhaizamdin Hj Mosbi and briefed by the principal, Chong Li Chen. This followed with cultural shows performed by local students as well as the Japanese students.
Among other activities arranged for the Japanese students are visits to various destinations in Belait/ Seria as well as Temburong.
Since it was introduced in 2009, more than 100 Bruneian and Japanese youth had participated in the programme. Besides strengthening bilateral relationship, it is also aims to enhance understanding between the countries through the involvement of youths from both countries.
The Brunei Times