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Japanese students explore Crowsnest Pass

Wednesday, 21 August 2013. Posted in Shootin' the Breeze

Japanese students explore Crowsnest Pass

Honoka Shindo receives a gift bag from deputy mayor Andrew Saje as a welcome gift. Brad Quarin photos

Japanese students exploring Crowsnest Pass

By Brad Quarin

Eighteen junior high school students from Japan got the Crowsnest Pass experience this week, exploring the community and meeting some of its people.

The students go to Hokuto City Junior High School and came for a tour of destinations like the Frank Slide Interpretive Centre – and for some English lessons.

On Monday, they visited the council chambers, where deputy mayor Andrew Saje and chief administrator Myron Thompson explained municipal government, handed out gift bags and answered questions.

Honoka Shindo was among the students who came. She is 13 and in second grade of junior high school. She describes Hokuto as a place of natural beauty.

A trip to the Pass was a chance to see “great nature,” she says. She liked the idea of seeing the sights, talking to Canadians and collecting souvenirs. Honoka studied a little English and obtained her parents’ permission for the trip.

By Monday, the Japanese group had already visited Bellevue Underground Mine, which Honoka imagines was hard to dig up, and Waterton Lakes National Park. The hiking was challenging, she says, but seeing the lakes and mountains from high up was beautiful. People at a Waterton store also taught her how to use Canadian money.

During her visit, Honoka stayed at York Creek Bed and Breakfast. She’s found the local people to be friendly.

Watch for the students and extend a warm Alberta welcome.

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