The annual study trip to Vietnam was suspended for three years and replaced with domestic field trips and online learning during the Covid-19 pandemic.  At last, this year, 5 first-year students taking the elective course, "Overseas training", were finally able to embark on a study trip to Vietnam from August 21-25.  This was the first time that we visited Ho Chi Minh City, a change from our usual destination – Hanoi, which our school had been visiting when we were a designated Super Global High school.

JICAホーチミン出張所訪問  Visit to JICA Ho Chi Minh office

Through this visit, students gained an appreciation of the current state of Japan’s bilateral support in Vietnam and Southeast Asia, and specific support projects currently in progress. Each project comprehensively supports Vietnam’s creation of a fair society and nation through strengthening growth and international competitiveness, addressing vulnerabilities, and strengthening governance. The visit went longer than scheduled, as each and every question from the students were carefully answered by the host.  JICA was also very kind to compile in great detail and send us materials in response to student queries.


We had the opportunity to see how power transmission and distribution equipment were assembled at their factory, and how detailed manual adjustments were made in accordance with requests. After the factory visit, our students made a presentation on their ongoing research on garbage issues to the deputy general director, Mr. Harada and other VIETSTAR employees, who gave kind compliments and advice, particularly on consideration for the local situation.
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異文化理解 水上人形劇鑑賞  Cultural exchange: Water puppet show

We watched water puppetry, a traditional handicraft art of Vietnam, at a theatre in Ho Chi Minh City. The performance was based on myths and traditional rice cultivation practice. Despite not understanding the Vietnamese language, the dynamic and comical movements, and the unique background music played using traditional instruments drew students into the performance.

メコンデルタの生活 メコン川クルーズとクチトンネル見学  Life in the Mekong Delta: Mekong River Cruise and Cu Chi Tunnels Tour

We took a small boat trip around the islands of the Mekong River and got a close look at how people live in harmony with the natural environment. At the Cu Chi underground tunnels, which served as a base for guerrillas during the Vietnam War, we heard about the harsh underground life and the weapons used there. We also had the experience of entering, one by one, a very narrow tunnel where guerrillas were hiding.
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学校訪問  School visit

Cao Dang Viet My 校(越米短期大学AMERICAN POLYTECHNIC COLLEGE)を訪問し、外国語学科長のThan Thi Thanh Diep様、講師のTran Trong Tan様と12名の学生から温かい歓迎を受けました。本校の生徒は、クイズを通じて英語で日本や三島北高校を紹介し、また、課題探究の中間発表を英語でプレゼンしました。フリートークの場面では、アニメや漫画について話したり、日本語やベトナム語を教え合ったりして、笑顔が広がりました。
We visited Cao Dang Viet My School (American Polytechnic College) and received a warm welcome from the head of the foreign language department, Ms. Than Thi Thanh Diep, the lecturer Mr. Tran Trong Tan, and 12 students. Our students introduced Japan and Mishima Kita High School in English through quizzes, and also gave presentations on their ongoing research in English.  During the free exchange time, students talked about anime and manga, and taught each other Japanese and Vietnamese, which made everyone smile.
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生徒の感想 Student reflection

I was very happy that the JICA Ho Chi Minh branch office answered our questions in detail. I was surprised to learn that Vietnam's birthrate is declining. I was also able to learn about Vietnam's strengths and problems that I didn't know before.
At VIETSTAR, we were given a tour of the factory that was located on a vast site. Everyone from VIETSTAR gave us very kind words and thoughtful comments about our presentation, and it was a very good experience. The advice was easy to understand, so I would use them to improve my research and presentation.
During the My Tho Mekong river cruise, I was concerned about the brown color of the river water. I was able to see an environment different from Japan, from the roads and scenery along the way.
I found the talk at Cu Chi Underground Tunnels interesting, especially about what happened during the war from a different perspective than Hiroshima and Nagasaki. I was surprised at how vivid the explanation of the guerrilla warfare and the weapons that were actually used was.
I had a lot of fun during the school exchange, as the local students talked to me openly and treated me kindly. It was nice to have a student who reacted positively during our English presentation.
Even though I didn't understand Vietnamese, I enjoyed the water puppet show because I could understand the scene through the tone of voice and the music.
I was able to see a part of the real life in Vietnam during fieldwork when I walked around the city.
What I researched about Vietnam while I was in Japan was often different from what I saw and felt when I actually went there. I am sure that what I have seen and felt, and what I have heard from local people would benefit me in the future.
When I went to Vietnam, I learned that the reason people don't separate their garbage that much is to prevent the job of separating garbage from being taken away. This led to me to think more about how to solve the problem of garbage from a different way.
Going to Vietnam made me realize that things that I thought were normal in Japan are sometimes different. Looking closely at the pictures I took on the trip has also allowed me to notice new things. For example, when I looked at a photo of a building in Vietnam, I noticed that the electrical wires looked like a crow's nest.  It was a precious 5-day trip as, unlike research in books and on the internet, I was able to see with my own eyes and make many small discoveries.