From New Zealand_Report on New Plymouth GHS_#3_2016
Otsuma Nakano is more than proud to share the following another report from New Plymouth Girls’ High School in New Zealand with all of you visiting our website. Here is the updated report by Haruka Koyama studying at New Plymouth GHS.
Hi there! How’s everything in Japan? I’m Haruka Koyama from New Plymouth in New Zealand. You can hear the sound of spring coming in Tokyo, can’t you? It has been rainy and windy days in New Plymouth since 4 days ago.
Last weekend, I went to see the Wind Wand, which is a very famous and popular sightseeing spot in New Plymouth. The Wind Wand is a 48-meter kinetic sculpture and it was designed by Len Lye. It has long red tune and something like a clear ball on the top. This was one of the things that I wanted to see in New Plymouth, so I was so happy.
I also went to a museum that is called “Puke Ariki”. There, we could play with colorful lights and some astronomy things. I enjoyed it with my host sisters.
In the afternoon, I went to a beautiful beach. Unfortunately, it was too hot, so we couldn’t swim, but one day I hope I can. There are some little islands and that makes the view more beautiful.
The next day was Valentine’s Day! I got a chocolate from my host mother. I was surprised to hear that in New Zealand they don’t give chocolates to their friends! My foreign friend told me that “tomochoco”, which is a chocolate gift to friend, is some kind of Japanese new culture, and there is no “White Day” in New Zealand. They only give chocolates to their family or boyfriend.
On that day I went to a pool with my host family. It was my host sister’s school’s pool so it wasn’t crowded. I didn’t swim a lot but it was fun. It was only about an hour, but I got a bit sunburnt. When I got home and after I took a shower, I watched the movie “Inside Out”. Of course it was all English, but my host sister put English subtitles for me so that I could almost understand!
On Tuesday after school, I did craft with my host mother and host sisters. We made some dresses with origami, and stuck them on a postcard. My host mother will sell them on the internet or at a market.
Yesterday I played badminton with my other international friends. I haven’t played badminton since 4 or 5 years ago, so it was a little bit hard but I enjoyed it so much!
We are just planning to hang out somewhere and eat diner maybe in the first week of March. I’m so happy because I can get a lot of new foreign friends!
That’s all about my 2nd and 3rd week of my life here. Thank you for reading and I’ll see you in 2 weeks!
先週末に、私はニュープリマスの最も有名な観光地の１つでもある"Wind Wand" や、博物館に行きました。午後にはとても綺麗な海も見に行きました。