Visiting Japanese School

March 1, 2009 in ❤︎I LOVE JAPAN❤︎ / Japan / Nagano

So Yuriko had arranged the school visit on the second day. I did a bit of homework. Prepared some big ass posters of Malaysian fruits and the twin towers and stuff, some Rasa Sayang songs, and… nemai i would just make something up if i run of out things to talk about.

I don’t think anyone of them has ever been to Malaysia!

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It looks just like how a school is in a Japanese drama. The shoe racks and all.

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They had a request, though. They wanted me to speak in English or Malay (i was so glad i was given a choice, i was so afraid they wanted me to speak both) instead of Japanese because of the, you know, whole culture thing.

So i spoke English reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeal slow. And that only contributed more confusion and cluelessness to their collective little face. Then i would explain in Japanese then they would go ahhhhh.

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I swear i had done enough homework beforehand to avoid any embarrassment. I have checked the amount of population in my home country, the number of levels on the twin towers, the climate pattern, and double checked the name of our prime minister (just in case).

And then this little boy asked, with his eyes blinking with intense curiosity,

“Do the people in Malaysia have the same blood type as Japanese people?”

For a brief moment i wondered if that was the reason why i flunked my Science in highschool, before i realized that all the homework i had done the previous night would have been entirely unecessary because

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was something they were more interested in.

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It was much fun. Only one of them has ever eaten a Durian before (whose dad has business in S.E.A countries). They rest went completely awestruck. By they i mean everyone in the classroom, teachers included.

They thought Rambutan was Lychee. The thought the mosque was a shopping mall. They exclaimed in amazement at the sight of a Langkawi beach. They gasped at the fact that when you cut a star fruit it really looks like a star. They were sorry that Malaysia doesn’t snow (apparently it’s something to feel sorry for). They are shocked that Malaysian students only have one type of school uniform (“ehhh? Not cold during winter?” and then stopped himself immediately in embarrassment realizing the obvious fact that there’s none in Malaysia).

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And i sighed at the beauty of their young, innocence heart.

After (my) class, they were super excited to show me around the school at lunch time.

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Some of them tugged my overcoat eagerly wanting me to follow, some of them pull my hand (Rena chan), walked by my side and went all giggly (lol, What’s so funny Gwen Stefanie?), some of them just ran and hide into a corner looking shy.

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They showed me their art work.

Suddenly i felt as if i was a character in one of those (hard to understand but supposedly meaningful) movie about summer holidays at Japanese primary school that has unexpected won a César Award. Or something.

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Where at the ending they all jump happily rushing out, get on their bicycles and paddle off into a vast greenfield. Sounds like it, doesn’t it?

Except that it was winter and was freezing cold.

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They are the bane of all peace sign photo posing. After doing it 8325120332 times in a row, i somehow lost the ability to pose without a peace sign, up till today.

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I don’t understand what is so ineteresting about their text book, or rather, me looking at their text book. But they all seemed immensely fascinated with me flipping through the pages.

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The boys were the shy ones. They pretended to be uninterested (maybe it’s a cool thing to do, to pretend to be uninterested in a new girl at school, although the girl is twice their age, precisely.)and buried their heads in homework.  But just before i left, they had requested (through the teacher) that they wanted a photo with me.

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So cute.

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Rena chan showed me the toilet. It was impossibly clean compared to the one in my highschool. (Honestly, i still have occasional nightmare about school toilets until today. Sometimes in my dream the toilets are full of people and i had to go in a doorless toilet hoping no one would look my way, sometimes the toilet floor would be flooded i had to wear Wellingtons and walk in pee. Imagine how haunting school toilets are.)

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Then they brought me outside to see the pond and the garden and the bunnies (they kept two bunnies at the back of the school).

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And took a picture in front of the school.

Believe it or not they are all 12 years old. Rena chan (next to me) is super tiny i thought she was 6 whereas one of the girls is like, 170cm.

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The headmistress was very pleased with my visit. She made me tea. The 6 grade students also made me potato salad (during their Kemahiran Hidup class or whatever) for lunch. It was very very nice.

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Group picture with 5A class.

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Group picture with 5B class.

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Group picture with the 6 grade.

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And hugs.

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And it was one of the happiest days (and many to come) during my Japan trip.

Before i left,

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We went to the music room, because the 6 grade students had prepared a song for me.

They sang really really really well, so unexpectedly well i almost teared (i would have cried if i hadn’t tried very hard to tahan).

Here’s the video.

I had problem uploading the high res file. So pls bear with the bad visual. But you can still listen clearly. 🙂

Two days later, Yuriko passed me a copy of the school’s newsletter.

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And i felt so glad i met them.

130 responses to “Visiting Japanese School”

  1. kimberlycun says:

    that’s an awesome experience!

  2. Jillian says:

    awww. u r like a celebrity there. xD

  3. Aww, that was so sweet! And cute la the kids. Still laughing about the comment about it being cold during winter. 😀

  4. Charlene says:

    So touching, to have all the kids sing to you 🙂

    ps: your name is very celebrity-like. Haha!

  5. Tan Yee Hou says:

    Ooooo I loved it when other people came to my school last time <3. It sound so cliched but you hear something from their POV rather than wikipedia-ing the country.

    Eh, why didn’t you arrange for a school with older children heehee I sound so perverted.

  6. zen says:

    nice sweet post 🙂

    a few kids were wearing face mask, were they having flu or what?

  7. Tian Chad says:

    Guys tend to be shy when they saw gorgeous girl ;p

  8. yumii says:

    sooo sweet of them! they really sang beautifully! T-T and all of the girls looked almost the same!! I don’t think I can differentiate them!! v.v

  9. whisper says:

    aww….no one ever sing for me.. what did they sing btw…

  10. Oli says:

    Japanese school girls!!11

  11. Jeremy says:

    Quote: “hey are shocked that Malaysian students only have one type of school uniform”


  12. Jeremy says:

    Lol, but then again we have baju kurung style, chinese style, f6 style, guy uniforms with long pants, guy uniforms with sexy short pants bla bla bla…

  13. janet says:

    what was e song about?

  14. Cheryl C. says:

    Did I see Tan Hui Ling on the newsletter?!!!

  15. lavender says:

    one word. KAWAII!!!!11!

  16. YL says:

    oh my mama. they are super cute and sweet! haha. i seriously wanna go Japan alrd =.=” lol.

  17. WeiShze says:

    I definitely won’t shop at the mosque

  18. Lim Hock Chuan says:

    Tan Hui Ling….haha !!!

  19. Michelle says:

    They look so excited. 😀

    How come they wear jumper and all instead of the typical school uniform?

  20. KY says:

    Innocent now, you wait till they’re 20…

  21. they sang reli reli well…..i love this post a lot!

  22. pattirmina says:

    wow..tht’s a very nice song. and what a great experience u had visiting the school. =)

  23. Erlinda says:

    so nice! it must be one of their favourite experiences and yours too. 🙂

  24. Kimberly says:

    awwwwwwwwwwwww………was so touched! it reminds me of the students in Cardcaptor sakura…lolz!

  25. chess_gal says:


    Just curious, did the agent arrange you to meet the kids at school or was it ur foster mum’s idea?

  26. fiona says:

    omg cheesie! this post was so touching & cute, i was just like ‘aw’ all through it!!! this is why i love your site – it can be hilarious, disturbing, appetizing, enlightening, and just incredibly ENDEARING <3 love it! i’m glad someone as sweet as you got the chance to do something like this 🙂

  27. cindy says:

    oooo…their questions about malaysia is really funny… i guess that’s how someone would act if they don’t really know about a country…. such as does Cuba have many trees and bushes (for me)?? i havent got a clue… but their choir is great… well trained

  28. keju says:

    i don’t understand what the newsletter is all about.

    but u look so much like jolin!

    ni zhen de hen xiang chai yee ling! *screams excitedly*

  29. funkshop55 says:

    babes 🙂 this is racheal, met u at CHIC CHARITY today.

    Nice meeting u dearie 🙂

  30. cg says:

    they are so adorable…nice reading the whole experience in japan..more more

  31. Simon Seow says:

    Lovely bunch. I want to home stay too but my Japanese is mamadesu.

  32. bloody says:

    wow…if a mosque is a shopping mall…
    then I think Malaysia would be a shopping heaven

  33. Yatz says:

    fwah..can visit school just like that..i want also..but i want high school can? 😛

  34. ryan says:


  35. maRCus says:

    waaay chun post girl!! sorta reminds me of MY visit to a Japan highschool back in 2001.

    One things for sure, their warmness and hospitality is beyond words!! So syiokh lar you!! XD

  36. irvine says:

    so awesome to be there!

    Your Japanese must be pretty good?

  37. abraxis says:

    Wah! Looks like you’ve fallen for the place (duh!). Cute kids. When do you go back?

  38. Me.lissa says:

    omg their cute Qs! such innocence! i’ve fallen in love with d place too 😀

  39. DjdRifT says:

    omg. what u did was so sweet.
    and the kids are lovely.

  40. Esther says:

    I am proud of you coz you introduce Malaysia to em. Wat a great thing you have done.

  41. val says:

    do you need to know how to speak japanese to go for exchange programmes?
    i really wana go but all i can say is sayonara and wang lee hom wa watashino koibito lol T_T

  42. JOYY says:

    compared to my visit to
    their college & animation schools & studios !
    And i also dont get to have any interaction with them ):

  43. ahlost says:

    Did they learn that [Rasa Sayang] song?

  44. sheon says:

    We (Interact Club members back in high skol) once hosted a bunch of Japanese students. It was such an exciting time for us to share our culture and especially show them how we live our lives here! It was certainly one of the highlights of my skol life.

    can you translate the skol bulletin? thanks ya!

    wow, their toilets are so clean i could dine in their toilet!!! OMG!!!

  45. Jade Zheng says:

    eh who took the pictures 4 you~?

  46. belle says:

    ya, someone translate the sch bulletin pls. esp the talking part…must be interesting i guess…

  47. suraya says:

    owh… the kids are cute….

  48. shana says:

    I talked about fruits as well during my school trip. But they were too fascinated with my baju kurung (the cultural part) and the cheap RM5-for-15 brooches from Mydin. Hahaha..

  49. jk says:

    i oso had toilet nightmares where all the toilets were stucked with poo floating around. Couldn’t find a nice clean toilet. Serious lar… I am not joking. Scary leh.

    and during my years in my primary school, really got phobia about going to toilet. The school buildings were build in the early years of Malaysia. Even though i went to a ‘kebangsaan’ school, it was previously known as ‘Government English Primary School XX’. So there were many tales on the haunted toilets. Never went to toilet…ALONE.

    • cheesie says:

      oooooooomg serious ah!!! I think hor, toilet nightmare is such a common thing!!! Because when your bladder is full and u cant wake up then you will start having tragic toilet related dreams one. Like, walk far far cannot find a bloody toilet or have to queue very long etc.

      Damn trauma!!!

      Ooooomg my school last time also damn scary. i think every school sure got scary toilet ghost story one!

      • jk says:

        but hor.. so funny leh cos i have the same nightmares over the years. I wonder why ar. Luckily dun have toilet anymore . Touch wood!

        Talking about ghost story.. when i was little, my cousin brother frightened me by saying the huge black cupboard in one of the rooms in my grandma’s house was haunted. So until i besar hor, got phobia go into the room. Silly right.

        Anyway when she passed away, one of my aunts helped to clean the hse on a weekly basis. Then she stopped going. She told my mum that my little cousin saw something/someone in THAT room. (and i only found out about this few years later…)…..

  50. ZhongGuoRen says:

    Are you dumb? Have you forgotten that Japanese invaded us and mercilessly slaughtered our ancestors?? And brutally raped and killed our grandmothers and sisters?? And cannivingly kill the infants by piercing em like Satays??? Hello? I know you’d say this is the 21st century and let’s forgive and forget. Fuck that! Who these cibai Japanese people think they are?? None of them worth the respect of humankind! These bunch of crooked murderers shall rot in hell! I wish WW3 strikes these bastards one more time! Bomb the entire nation and all Japanese’s so-called act-cute face deformes and mutates due to atomic radiation! F.Uck Japanese!!!

    .!. @.@ .!.

  51. Oli says:

    Cool face!!!!

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    I didn’t read the rest 😡

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  53. Oli says:

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  54. Jay says:

    they really sang well. such polite kids! we need more manners here~!

  55. Francesca says:

    they sang really really nice he
    its so touchy ! u have an amazing experience, ringo !

  56. shadowking says:

    First of all i have to say that i read your blog for the very first time
    and i dont even know anymore how i found it

    I really like what i see and it really seems interesting… even though from what i read so far you probably would clasify it rather as confused….

    A japan exchange programm sounds really nice, but i doubt i will ever enjoy something like that
    after all i live in germany

    Wait i dont even see one german flag here… could it be that i am the only german who commented here… ahhh i am shy

    and there seem to be some who have problems with japanese because of ww2…
    *tries to whistle* damn i never was good at something like that

    *goes back to hiding* You will never know when i strike again from the shadows *shoos into a dark corner and giggles a little*

  57. winsoncws says:

    just wonder you talk to the whole bunch of kids in japanese? Didn’t know you speak japs well… haha. My japanese,… ええとう、ちょっと 少しわかてる。

  58. Robb says:

    I want to go to their high school~~ 😀

  59. kcin says:

    i also wanna visit their high school 😀

  60. stevelee67 says:

    I still remember my own experience where I had the same lucnh with them. The table and chair was soooo small..that I felt like Im a giant invading their school.

    I visited many schools and explain about Msia a lot of times too. Just don’t forget that Japanese are sometimes very hypocrite as well. They will always try to talk nicely in front of u in order not to hurt your feeling.

  61. pegs says:

    Hi Cheesie,

    I’ve always read your blog but never commented, so this is a first for me. I have admired your trips to Japan and how you can communicate so easily with them. It seemed to be really a wonderful experience through your eyes. Better than those touristy things. Wonderful!!!

    Sugoine ;P

  62. kaika says:

    DDD: !!! They really sang well! *shocku*

    And the tune of the song…so heart warming T_T

    Even I feel a little like tearing. You must have been so overwhelmed by their beautiful voices and love then!

    Ahhhhh I’m so envious of your japan homestay trip T_T

  63. Autumn says:

    I wish I could do something cool like that! I live in the U.S. so it’s hard, plus i’m only 16! They’re aren’t any foreign exchange programs here, it’s very saddening.

  64. Suzu says:

    hi there ! i came across your blog while looking for something on google and i found this entry ! it was so cute~~ that santa claus question !! TT__TT if only they could stay that innocent forever ~ ;__; <33 but it must have been an amazing experience and i'm sure your visit will become one of their nice memories x3 it's so cute that the boys were so shy ! xD it must have been because youre so pretty !

    i read some of your other entries just now too and i love your sense of humor and the stuff you blog about are awesome ! =D i'm going to bookmark your blog ~! 😈 lol

  65. fish says:

    ur life is so interesting^^

  66. decimalshoes says:

    envy you dear 😈
    i bet you really have fun there, btw may i know how to get home stay there?
    i want toooo
    hehhee 😛

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