Houlton Region

Daycare students learn Japanese

Children enrolled at Susan Sewell’s Day Care in Houlton learned what it is like to live in Tokyo, Japan.

Paul Barrows of Houlton is a translator for a Buddha Temple in Japan. He visited the daycare and told the children how to say their name in Japanese and what life was like in Japan.

He explained how he uses transportation, and what it is like to live in a different country, as well as their customs, traditions, and how they are similar to the United States and yet different.

An example he used was the fruit he purchases is far more expensive. Here, bananas are 59 cents per pound and in Tokyo 5 bananas cost $1.50, and a handful of grapes would be $8. He also told how they do have the fast food options.

Housing was a surprise to us as well. If you have a small yard with your home you would have to be rich. These were just a few topics that he talked about with the children. He also presented to each child a card with their name written in Japanese, as a keepsake.

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