Four months ago, 15 students from the Frankfurt Ried School visited their partner school, Sakuragaoka High School, now 15 high school students visited the Ried School in return. Most of the students who had met as host families during the first exchange trip met again, but also new students were part of the group. In the families of their host brothers and sisters, the Japanese students got to know family life in Germany, just as the Frankfurt students were able to experience insights into the lives of Japanese families. The connection on both sides was very warm, not only from family side, but also from side of schools and cities, which also contributed a lot to the successful exchange program.
On the 15th of February the Ried School hosted a big reception for the guest students from Yokohama, which was also attended by representatives of the Japanese Consulate General in Frankfurt to address some words of welcome to the young people. Afterwards, the Frankfurt Yokohama Citizens Network organized a German-Japanese lunch with sushi and Frankfurt specialties. Other representatives of the German-Japanese cultural exchange, such as DJG Frankfurt, and our office also took part in the festivities. The orchestra of the Ried School gave some audio samples and the Japanese students presented a traditional dance as well as an overview of Japan and the Japanese school system.
On February 18, the Lord Mayor Feldmann did not miss the opportunity to welcome the exchange students personally in the Römer town hall and to address a few words to them. In particular, the pupils on both sides will probably not only remember the visit to the famous Kaisersaal, but above all that the Lord Mayor took the time to have both group photos and photos taken with individual pupils despite the time pressure.
In the morning of the same day, the pupils had already experienced an extensive city tour, during which they could also visit the Goethe House and the Main Tower. In total, seven days always feel too short, but both schools have organized their programs in such a way that the students could make the most of this short time, experience much of the other culture and get to know a lot of new things, such as a Judo taster lesson. Since many students may have to decide soon which university they want to enter, the Japanese students also had the chance to visit the Goethe University that has a partner agreement between the economic faculties with the Yokohama City University.
Now that the student exchange between the two schools has started so successfully, it will be continued every 2 years.