In the early morning of 31 October 2014, students of R.E.A.L International School (RIS) eagerly awaited the arrival of foreign exchange students from far-away Mitaka Secondary School in Tokyo, Japan at their Suria Campus in Cheras. The visiting Japanese students were warmly greeted by both the RIS Secondary students and teachers at the Multi-Purpose Hall. This event provided the opportunity for both R.E.A.L and Mitaka students to showcase their respective cultures and heritage. Upon arrival, each Mitaka student was immediately paired with a R.E.A.L student to make them feel at home. The two sets of students then exchanged gifts which they had prepared earlier on.
Soon after, representatives from both R.E.A.L and Mitaka gave their speeches and presented each other a token of remembrance to mark the special occasion. The speeches were aimed at introducing and explaining the culture of their respective schools and countries. During the presentation, each school took turns to sing their schools songs, followed by a dazzling tri-cultural dance performance led by RIS’ very own Siow Li Xuan and friends. The Mitaka students too had a couple of dance performances of their own, with the first being the ‘Fisherman’ dance and the other Mitaka School’s cheer-dance routine.
The second half of the cultural programme was dedicated to visiting ‘stations’ around the school that showcased various mores from Malaysian batiks, fruits and traditional costumes to Japanese cuisine, kimonos and a video presentation of their martial art – ‘kendo’. The event was capped off by a friendly basketball and futsal match between the two schools. After a delectable Malaysian lunch, the Mitaka Secondary School students bade their fond farewells to their new Malaysian friends – cherishing an occasion that will no doubt live long in the memory.