Abashiri visitors perform a dance for students at Alberni Elementary School on Thursday, Jan. 10. ELENA RARDON PHOTO

WATCH: Abashiri students visit Port Alberni

Nine students from Abashiri, Japan were welcomed to the Alberni Valley

A group of nine students from Abashiri, Japan arrived in Port Alberni on Wednesday night.

The students and their chaperones arrived for a short ceremony at Echo Centre, where they introduced to their host families. Port Alberni Mayor Sharie Minions was also there to greet students.

“When I was about ten years old, I remember having a group of students come from Abashiri,” she explained. “I have really fond memories of actually getting a good amount of time to get to know those students and learn about them and about Abashiri. I’m really thrilled to have you guys here today.”

Minions was scheduled to give the students a tour of city hall on Friday.

One student, Koki Shibata, made a brief speech on behalf of the student delegation. “I would like to thank all of the homestay families for having us for five days. We are looking forward to making many good memories with you,” he said. “We hope to make many friends during our stay in Port Alberni.”

The students will spend five days in Port Alberni, visiting landmarks like Coombs Country Candy, the Alberni Valley Museum and the Alberni Aquarium and Stewardship Centre.

On Thursday, the group visited Alberni Elementary School to perform a dance while wearing Japanese happi coats. The Alberni Elementary School choir performed a song, and several students also performed a Nuu-chah-nulth welcoming song under the direction of Aaron Watts.

At the end of the event, the Japanese and Canadian students all danced and sang to the Nuu-chah-nulth “Lightning Song.”

The Twinning Society is planning a student trip to Abashiri in July, 2019. If you are interested in joining the next student group, contact Laurie Morphet at lmorphet@sd70.bc.ca or 250-735-0917.

elena.rardon@albernivalleynews.com

 

Students at Alberni Elementary School perform a traditional Nuu-chah-nulth welcome song, led by Aaron Watts (far left). ELENA RARDON PHOTO

Abashiri visitors perform a dance for students at Alberni Elementary School on Thursday, Jan. 10. ELENA RARDON PHOTO

Just Posted

Port Alberni’s Star Trek fan association donates legacy funds

Alberni Deep Space Port is dissolving its charitable status

New form of martial arts pops up in Port Alberni

Darran Chaisson and DoJin Won hosting classes at Dragon Martial Arts Taekwondo

Alberni Valley Transition Town talks green planning

March 20 talk features Jack Anderson, speaking of innovative building techniques

‘Full worm super moon’ to illuminate B.C. skies on first day of spring

Spring has sprung, a moon named in honour of thawing soil marks final super moon until 2020

B.C. lottery winner being sued by Surrey co-workers

They claim he owes them $200,000 each, in a lawsuit filed in B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver

Fraser Health under fire again for taxiing homeless man from Langley to Hope

Patient sent to Hope shelter because a spot in the man’s home community couldn’t be located

BIG READ: The two sides of the Strait of Georgia roe herring fishery

The case for the Strait of Georgia roe herring fishery Comox fisherman,… Continue reading

Dead sea lion discovered on Hornby Island shoreline

Reports indicate animal was shot in the head

Celina Caesar-Chavannes quits Liberal caucus, sits as independent MP

The Whitby, Ont., MP has been a vocal supporter of Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott

Island SPCA overwhelmed by 45 cats taken from Comox Valley property

Many of the cats will be transferred to branches in Nanaimo and Victoria

Woman punched on the sidelines of B.C. soccer game

Both involved were watching the U21 game in West Vancouver from the sidelines when things got heated

Catch-up immunization aims to stamp out B.C. measles resurgence

Vaccination records to be checked at B.C. schools next fall

Most Read