Today we went to Hikone City, which is in Saga Prefecture.

Everyone got on the train at Kyoto Station.
After lunch in Hikone City, we met up at Hikone Castle. The real Hikonyan was out in the city, so we weren’t able to meet him.
Hikone Castle is high up, so let’s do our best to make it to the top!
At the top of the long staircase, we took a quick break at a souvenir stand.
At the back of the castle, we took a picture with Hikonyan.
To get to the castle’s tower, you have to climb a set of stairs that are more like a ladder. Getting down is very tricky! Everyone was saying “be careful!” when going down the stairs.
We also had a chance to visit Genkyuen Garden. In the back of the picture you can see Hikone Castle.
A break at a tea shop. Everyone walked a lot today!
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Public Speaking Class at Doshisha Women’s College

This year AKPers are volunteering in Professor Michi Saki’s class, “Public Speaking,” which is in the Department of English, Faculty of Culture and Representation at Doshisha Women’s College.

The first topic was “Stress: Friend or Foe.” AKPers helped the Doshisha Women’s College students practice stating their thoughts in English and also proactively provided some of their own opinions.