JESS International School, Dubai
Business & Technology in Japan 2018

Student Educational Adventures recently hosted a comprehensive study tour for Year 10 & 11 business students from the Jumeriah English Speaking School (JESS) in the UAE.

This group of 32 students and 3 accompanying staff members enjoyed a highly original itinerary to learn of Japan’s bleeding edge technologies, environmental initiatives as well as the country’s business practices and banking system. Naturally the students also enjoyed several quintessential Japanese experiences including stays in traditional Ryokans, interaction with local contemporaries as well as a plethora of culinary experiences.

The trip begun in Tokyo where students enjoyed the colour and vibrancy of the youth culture hubs of Akihabara & Shibuya Districts as well as the famous Harajuku area. They also visited the impressive Museum of Emerging Science to meet robots and learn of Japan’s efforts in monitoring the regions earthquake activities. From here they travelled to Nagoya to visit the world headquarters of Toyota and to learn of the company’s design facilities and experience automation at its best. Students also learnt of mass production and ‘just in time’ supply line manufacturing while witnessing the spectacle of 400 robots making 1600 cars per day.

Then onto Kyoto, where students soaked up ancient Japanese culture – touring this stunning city on bicycles students enjoyed geisha spotting as well as visiting the delightful Bamboo Forest. A tour of the highly interesting Bank of Japan headquarters in Tokyo and a comprehensive Q & A session at Osaka’s Ecology Centre to learn of the Kyoto Protocol where other features, and indeed highlights of this tour.

In the words of one Year 11 student Reece Tiernan:

Japan stole the students hearts; we dressed in Kimonos for dinner, ate traditional Japanese cuisine with chop sticks, travelled to cities on the Bullet Train (Shinkansen), visited sky scrapers, temples, shrines, the Imperial Palace, the Central Bank of Japan, soaked up the Japanese culture in every shape and form and learned all about the business and economics concepts along the way. Students said this WAS the trip of a lifetime and in Japanese: 救命時間の旅 !!”