|     Hakim Hayat     |

A GROUP of Japanese students from Takahama Junior High School in Aichi Prefecture are in the Sultanate, for a one-week homestay programme and a first-hand experience of Bruneian culture.

Over the weekend, the 10 Japanese students visited Jerudong Park Playground, together with their Bruneian foster family.

Their host, Supian bin Haji Mohd Yussof, said that this is the group’s 10th visit to Brunei since 2008.

“The main objective of their one-week stay in Brunei is to experience the life of a Muslim family, while learning firsthand about our culture and heritage,” he said.

“They will be experiencing family bonding activities during the six-day homestay programme, as well as the school experience and others,” he added.

Among the cultural differences noted by the students is that Japanese children usually walk to school, or use public transport, whereas Bruneian youngsters are dropped off and picked up by their parents.

“Japanese families also tend to be small, but in Brunei they have large extended families,” they told the Bulletin.

One of the students, 14-year-old Atsuya Nunokawa, found Jerudong Park Playground “a fun place to visit”, and thanked their host for the treat.

Japanese students experience local culture, hospitality