It was a celebration of cultures crossing continents Monday morning, at Brien McMahon High School's Center for Global Studies.
Joseph Lacovara, a junior at Brien McMahon's Center for Global Studies said, "I've been to Kojo High School before and I've been to Japan twice and it's such a great experience and it's a wonderful way to learn the language. It's not just for us to learn Japanese, it helps them to learn English and it's a great way of building friendships that last."
Over the past two decades, students from Kojo High School have traveled to America and vice-versa.
"It's amazing. I never thought I would have this opportunity. I've always loved other cultures especially Japanese culture. I've always wanted to learn Japanese and having this experience is just phenomenal for me,"said junior Anthonia Wray
Kayla, a sophomore at the Center for Global Studies said, "It's really cool. In the textbook, I don't know that I pay attention to the cultural notes that much; it's just more something I have to do for homework once in a while. But seeing what [my host student] does afterschool; I never knew how involved she was in a club."
And students from Kojo are appreciative of the opportunity.
Tomomi Nakayama, a student at Kojo High School spoke on behalf of her fellow students. "I have learned and experienced new things," Nakayama said. "I hope not only CGS students but also Kojo students like me will be able to communicate and get along with one another."
Students and administrators appreciate the history of the program and are excited for its future.
Takahisa Yamada, Principal of Kojo High School said, "It is very meaningful that we have had such a long relationship with CGS and that the students of both schools have formed friendships which have tightened this bond together."
"It really helps to broaden you as a global citizen, not just as a high school student in America but like a high school student in the world," said Lacovara