Sejal Gandhi of class XI participated in the Jenesys Programme this year and visited Japan in the month of June 2012. The JENESYS Programme (Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths) is a 5-year project advanced by the Japanese government with the view of providing a sound foundation for strong solidarity within Asia through large-scale youth exchange.

To achieve this basic goal of the programme students had a discussion round at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The participants were exposed to Japanese lifestyle and culture and the programme included cultural exchange during which we participated in home stay. There were high school visits and activities were conducted to maximize interactions with local Japanese people. There were also environmental studies and field trips to observe the waste management system.

The programme was made interesting by adjusting visits to tourist places, shopping experiences, tasting of the Japanese cuisine and sports activities in our busy schedule. Briefings were given about education system, Japanese history and economy. An overview of the academic prospects was given at the Tokyo University where, also, the end of the programme was marked by a reporting session in which participants conveyed their experiences. It gave participants a deeper view of authentic Japanese traditions like the tea ceremony, flower arrangement and calligraphy. Overall, the programme was a tremendous learning experience.