日本からの友達 (Friends from Japan)

Nate McGrath, Staff Writer

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こんにちは (Hello)! Don’t worry, the Lancer is not switching over to writing in Japanese. Instead, we are celebrating the time spent with our new friends from Japan. For the past two weeks, CCS was honored to host around fifty exchange students and had them shadow students in the Upper School. Naturally, there were some language barriers, but strong friendships quickly formed.

Current seniors would remember having Japanese exchange students from freshmen year, as they return every three years. For the rest of the Upper School student body, this experience was one that was once in a lifetime. The exchange students had to travel nearly seven thousand miles to get to Charlotte, and the traveling did not stop there. Once they arrived in Charlotte, they began to travel around North and South Carolina. For instance, one day they got to go to Carowinds and ride the Fury roller-coaster. Over the weekend, some students even traveled down to Myrtle Beach or the mountains.

Some may wonder why so many students decided to visit our school, and the answer is really interesting. The Japanese students school requires that the students visit another school in either the United States or Canada, in able to have their students experience different cultures and become better global citizens. Although the students learned greatly about American culture, we, as a student body, learned much more from them through their generosity that they showed us.

Now to the highlight of their visit…chapel. What a chapel that was! The jubilant hosts got the entire school hyped up for each performance, and it was worth it. There was a black belt demonstrating his karate techniques, moving his arms so fast it did not look real. Then came the kendo fight, where two of the students fought against each other with bamboo sticks; there were lots of gasps from the crowd. One of the funniest moments in the chapel came when Jack Mitchell and Drew Michaud started throwing cake at each other. However, arguably the best moment was when the students did their light display. Dancing to Japanese songs, the students held glow sticks of various colors and amazed everyone with their performance.

It definitely is not the same without our Japanese friends, as they filled the school up with joy and laughter. We thank them for the wonderful memories we shared, and hopefully we are able to see them again! それまでは、さようなら、ありがとう(until then, goodbye and thank you)!

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Nate McGrath, Staff Writer

Nate McGrath is a junior and has been at Charlotte Christian since 7th grade. He loves all sports, but his favorite is soccer and he’s played on our...

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日本からの友達 (Friends from Japan)