Eagles Travel to Japan for Spring Break

Students and faculty members recently embarked on an unforgettable journey to Japan, a land steeped in rich culture and tradition. The week-long trip was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the students to experience Japan’s unique history and customs firsthand.
Their journey took them to several famous landmarks, including the temples of Kyoto, the city of Tokyo and the Mount Arashiyama. As they explored these destinations, the students were amazed by the country’s stunning beauty and unique blend of modernity and tradition.
But perhaps the most memorable stop on their journey was the Fushimi Inari Shrine, a peaceful oasis nestled at the base of a verdant hillside. Here, the students had the chance to make offerings, say prayers, and make a wish, immersing themselves in the spiritual energy of this sacred place.
“It was a really special experience,” junior Dylan Walker said. “You could feel the weight of history and tradition in every corner of the shrine. It was a powerful reminder of the beauty of Japanese culture.”
Of course, the trip was about much more than just sightseeing. The students also had the opportunity to experience Japan through its food, sampling a wide variety of traditional dishes that ranged from savory to sweet. One dish that stood out to many of the students was Takoyaki, a popular Japanese snack made with diced octopus, batter and seasonings.

On day two of the trip, students visit Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto, Japan. (Jennifer Klosterboer)

“The Takoyaki was really good,” junior Zofia Cavazos said. “Some people couldn’t get over the tentacles, though.”
But beyond the food and the sightseeing, the trip was a transformative experience for many of the students. For graphic design teacher Michael Saxton, watching the students grow and learn was the most rewarding part of the trip.
“Some of these kids had never traveled outside of their neighborhoods before, but now they’ve flown across an ocean, ridden subways and trains, and experienced a whole new culture,” Saxton said. “Seeing them get outside of their comfort zone was one of the highlights of the trip.”
Another tour of Japan is planned to take place this summer and will be headed by AP World History teacher Emily de la Haye.