JOHOR BARU: Students from Okinawa Kenritsu Maehara High School, Japan describe Malaysian students as friendly and courteous.
Anna Matayoshi, 17, said that she never expected to get the chance to get to know Malaysians especially those who are about her age.
“I’m excited to try all the traditional games prepared by the teachers and students in order to introduce us to their culture and also teach us on how to play each game correctly.
“My favourite game is congkak. I love the way how it is played as it does not require any specific skills except for just following where the marbles goes according to the 16 pots,” she said.
Muao Nakamao, 17, said that it was an eye opening experience watching the Malaysian traditional dances by the students here.
“I love to see their various costumes which were very bright and colourful as well as the way they dance according to the different songs of different cultures,” said Muao who is among the 30 students from Japan.
Meanwhile, SMK Sri Rahmat student Muhammad Syafiq Ashrin, 14, said he was excited to meet new friends from Japan and to show them the local delicacies such as “kuih buah Melaka”, nasi lemak, fish crackers and coconut water.
“It is not difficult for us to communicate as I did do a basic revision given by my teachers especially on asking their names, how to say thank you and others in their language.
“We were also exchanging gifts, Facebook account and also phone numbers as to keep in touch via social media after they return to Japan,” he added.
Principle Shidan Ramli said that the objective of the visit was to strengthen relationship between the two nations and to increase cultural tolerance within the two educational institutes.
“In this programme, we give the opportunity to students to share their skills and also to promote our culture to the Japanese students and hope that we can have more programmes like this in the near future,” he said.
Among the activities provided by SMK Sri Rahmat including traditional games, cooking demonstrations on traditional delicacies, traditional performances between the two schools and also visits to some part of the school.
Shidan said that the programme, which included about 100 students from SMK Sri Rahmat, was organised by J&C Travel Sdn Bhd and endorsed by The Ministry of Education.