Summer joy in Japan for four


FOUR 11-year-old children are bound for Fukuyama City, Japan, for a fun exchange programme.

The four — Oh Jie Han from SJK (C) Han Chiang, Samantha Fong Yang Li and Lim Jo Ee from SJK(C) Han Ming and Kuik Sze Ying from SJK(C) Min Sin will leave Penang on Wednesday to Fukuyama City to participate in the inaugural JCI Asia Youth Exchange Programme (Ayep) themed ‘Shine Our Future’.

Sze Ying said she was excited about the trip and was making bookmarks as gifts for her new friends.

“I’m drawing flowers on the bookmarks and I hope my new friends will like it.

“I also hope to learn some simple Japanese and share about our culture and history there,” she said during a press conference organised by JCI Elite (Malaysia) at Logan Heritage in Union Street, Penang, recently.

Jie Han said he hoped to learn up on the favourite games of Japanese children and origami while Jo Ee and Samantha both said they were looking forward to make new friends at the programme where she would get to meet participants from Japan, Cambodia, Taiwan, Mongolia and Indonesia.

The programme, from July 25 to July 29, is jointly organised by JCI Elite (Malaysia), JCI Boei (Taiwan), JCI Cambodia, JCI Mongolia, JCI Indonesia and JCI Fukuyama.

Organising chairman Brian Wong said activities during the programme would include a summer camp, a culture experience programme, homestay and school visitation.

“The programme will lead to creating mutual understanding and opportunities for participants to experience the social and cultural differences amongst different nations,” he said.

He added that throughout the programme, participants would get to share their time, play with Japanese traditional toys, experience Japanese customs and make friends.

JCI Elite charter president Jessie Ong said each participant paid RM2,100 in fees while the organisers subsidised RM8,000.

“We hope the programme will be held annually and be expanded to include more countries.”

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