In March this year, R.E.A.L Schools National, Shah Alam Campus welcomed guests from the ‘Land of the Rising Sun’. A total of 17 Japanese university and high school students, along with their coordinator arrived at the campus for a two-day educational visit. The Japanese students were warmly greeted by Senior 4 and 5 students who played hosts during their short stint here in Malaysia.
The main purpose of the Japanese students’ visit was to attend a symposium held in Putrajaya, in which they served as delegates from their country. At the same time, it was a great opportunity for them to experience the diversity of Malaysian culture first hand, through various activities and trips to famous landmarks and tourist attractions in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor.
As they arrived at R.E.A.L Schools, the Japanese students were greeted with a traditional Malaysian welcome party, complete with bunga manggar and the boisterous beat of kompangs. They were then ushered to the Hall of Character where Ms. Serena Chow, General Manager of Shah Alam Campus, gave her welcome address which was followed by a speech from the Japanese representative. A quick gift exchange then took place between the two parties.
What ensued was the day’s entertainment items dished out by the National Junior and Senior students who teamed up to perform a cultural dance performance for the foreign delegation. Malaysian delicacies and other traditional activities such as anyaman, kolam making, henna art, batik painting and several more were also offered as part of the itinerary. To further enhance their experience and education, visits to renowned places like the Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Mosque in Shah Alam and Batu Caves in Gombak were organized, much to the Japanese visitors’ delight and enjoyment.
At the end of their brief stay, it was as though a cloud was hanging over both the Japanese and R.E.A.L students’ heads as they bid farewell to their new Malaysian friends. It was truly an eye-opening and priceless experience for both sides as they gained plenty of wonderful memories, along with the knowledge of each other’s cultural uniqueness.