<Vietnam Japan Youth Exchange (VJYE) 2016, Sep 4-Sep15> 「第３回ベトナムー日本Youth Excnage」あと７日！
Hello everyone, This is a group picture of the VJYE Vietnam organizing team. We are almost ready to welcome the Japanese participants on Sep 3. Also, our introduction clip is coming soon! Thank you so much :)
Yesterday, VJEP 2016 had a chance to meet members of International Exchange Club (USSH) to exchange knowledge about traditional handicraft villages, a topic which VJEP participants had researched when in Da Lat.
Only a few hours left until the Japanese participants fly back to Japan. Our journey together isn't perfect, but it's ours <3
VJEP DAY 3 – MINH LONG SHOWROOM, COOKING CONTEST and BONDING PARTY!
Since our research topic is traditional handicraft villages in Vietnam, we came to Minh Long Showroom in Binh Duong today to learn about art ceramics products. Minh Long is one of the best producers in town; they frequently export their product in many countries. We even got a chance to decorate our own ceramic product: a plate which we can take home later as a souvenir!
Later on, we were divided into teams for the cooking contest. Each team will have one hour to go shopping in AEON Mall and one and a half hour to cook at Bà Nội Trợ Tài Danh. The place was so cool with many supplies for our dishes. Even though it was the first time for some of us to try cooking, the contest went smoothly because we helped each other out! We cooked traditional Vietnamese and Japanese food and then we had Mr.Seki to taste it and decide who were the winners. Not only we have learned about different kinds of food, but we also gain some valuable experience in team working activities. The dishes which we cooked were also our dinner, and they were delicious!
It was a long day and our last activity is doing a presentation about our own culture. There are things that we have heard about each other’s countries on the TV or newspaper but now we had a chance to know better and deeper since the presentations were very well-prepared. Then we tried some Vietnamese street food like the spring roll, mixed rice paper and "bo bia" and sit in a circle to share stories about ourselves.
Tomorrow we’ll be heading to Da Lat – the city of flowers. Let’s pack our bags and ready for a new journey ahead ;)
VJEP DAY 2 – WILDLIFE RECUSE STATION and CU CHI TUNNELS
On the second day, we had a chance to have a look at the countryside of Vietnam with so many eye-opening sights. Without the skyscrapers and crowded streets, the rural area seems so quiet and peaceful, but also very fascinating
At the Station, the weather was rather hot and humid, but it was soon forgotten because of our excitement when seeing the animals. It was actually scary and amusing at the same time when we got to see wild bears, monkeys, otters and many more animals for the first time. The keeper said that even though the animals here were being kept in a cage, they remain their wild nature, so that when the time was right, they could release the animals into the wild again.
After had visited Ben Duoc Temple to burn incense in commemoration of heroic martyrs, we headed straight to Cu Chi Tunnels, an immense network of connecting underground tunnels, which were the location of several military campaigns during the Vietnam War. The tunnels were used by Viet Cong soldiers as hiding spots during combat. When we get into the tunnels, it was quite dark and stuffy, some parts were so small that we had to crawl on our knees, but it was such an amazing experience!
Not only we got to know a little bit more about Vietnam and its culture, but our participants had also spent a great time together, we shared stories, played games and sang many songs.
Tomorrow is an important day ahead, so goodnight everyone! ;)
VJEP DAY 1 - CITY TOUR ベトナムプログラム１日目 戦争と平和について考える。 友達になる。
The first day of VJEP went by in a flash. We got to experience many new things together.
We visited the War Remnants Museum, the Independence Palace, the Central Post Office and had a small chat at the Turtle Lake. We came to learn a lot about the Vietnamese War and the effects that the war has left behind. As students who are currently living in the peaceful and modern world, we feel so sorry for those who has been suffering from the agent orange and also remind ourselves that we have to treasure our lives more.
After having a delicious meal, we all headed to our Opening Ceremony where we got to hear a talk from Mr. Duc Nguyen about himself as a person who suffered from agent orange which encourages us to work harder and became a better human being. Then together the Japanese students sang him a song and gave him flowers as a thank you.
At the end of the day, the Vietnamese students has prepared a surprise gift: Nón Lá, Vietnam's traditional hats, which were decorated by their own hands. It was so hard for them to keep a secret about the gift! But the result was definitely worth it! ;)
Hope you guys have a nice sleep and tomorrow we'll be heading to Cu Chi Tunnels ;)
【 The final pre-program meeting for the VJEP 2016 (Vietnam-Japan Exchange Program)】-JAPAN-
We held a wrap-up meeting for the VJEP 2016. We talked about what we mind and rechecked all our preparations for the program. We also practiced our cultural dances and they are almost completed. After the meeting, we all went to ”KARAOKE” to practice our songs and dances again. Then for dinner, we enjoyed Japanese cuisine, because we know that we will miss Japanese food a lot in Vietnam. We spent so much fun time, which made our relationship deeper. And now, we are ready to go to Vietnam!!!!!!
【 The 7th meeting of VJAP 2016 (Vietnam-Japan Exchange Program)】 We had a 7th pre-program meeting on August 9th at Tokyo Keizai University which Mr. Seki works at. We are steadily preparing for the Powepoint presentation by simulating every flow of it and giving feedbacks for each other. Moreover one of the 3 dances we'll perform during the program is almost done! We are so looking forward to meeting you guys in Vietnam!
The recruitment and trainings for the Vietnamese participant have finally come to an end. There is only few days left until the program officially starts! We are very happy to see you guys enthusiasm and excitement for the upcoming trip :D
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【 The 6th meeting of VJEP 2016 (Vietnam-Japan Exchange Program)】 We had the 4th pre-program meeting on 4th of July and mainly talked about the performances, presentations and the cooking contest like how we prepare and what we need for those. We actually started practicing the dance!! Look forward to it!