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School Visitors Stay Longer, Do More

Date Posted: 2000-10-21

The new trend among about 200,000 school students who visit Okinawa every year is to participate in Okinawan culture. Until now, the students’ itineraries have largely consisted of visiting monuments and battle sites and listening to lectures on peace.

Recently, they have participated in such activities as sugar harvest, fishing and pottery making. They also stay longer. Whereas the most common trip used to be a three-day two-night stint, the new activities necessitate a longer five-day four-night trip.

Okinawa’s northern areas have become a popular destination with student groups staying in local farmers’ homes or camping out. The students are reportedly having a blast, especially those coming from Japan’s big cities where they have very little chance to have hands-on experience of manual labor like farming. Local residents at Higashi Village also welcome the students, saying their visits and activities give them a welcome respite from the monotony of their everyday life.

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