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Share our Excitement & Join our Journey

Welcome to the travel blog of Rotary District 5580's Group Study Exchange (GSE) Team which will embark on an exciting five week goodwill / vocational exchange to Nagoya, Japan in November, 2009.

Here, our hybrid American-Canadian team of enthusiastic and adventurous young professionals, along with our lovely, talented and fearless team leader, will share cultural experiences and engage in unique vocational learning opportunities.

If you have come to this site, you are likely: a Rotarian, family member, friend or colleague of one of the team members, or... are just plain blog-curious. Either way, we encourage you to check our site often to learn about us, follow our progress as a team and of course, keep in touch as we explore Japan.

We thank Rotary in advance for the adventure of a life time and to all readers, we invite you to share our excitement and join our journey.


GSE Team Japan 2009








GSEチーム ジャパン 2009

Friday, November 6, 2009

Going "Green" or Midori

Today's GSE's vocational visits focussed on the "green" theme. To begin the morning, we were treated to a presentation and extremely interesting production line tour at Pulp Mold, a company that manufactures packaging from plant fiber for eggs, fruit and other industrial products. The company recycles magazines, cardboard and newspapers to make its packaging. Interestingly, the company pays schools for paper products that it can then turn into packaging.

After the visit, we were then whisked away to the Anjo Rotary Club where we exchanged club flags and gave our third presentation of the week to an audience of approximately 60 people. The presentation was received very positively.

Before heading to our host families for the night, we also spent a significant amount of time at the Hekinantan Thermal Power Station, one of the world's largest coal power plants, that is designed to look like a series of yachts sitting in the harbour. Our guide and the General Manager who accompanied us on the tour were very patient with us as we asked a number of questions (our sense of awe and amazement shone through). The coal plant, we learned, is extremely clean, efficient and green. To attest to this fact, it has very low sulpher emissions and takes great steps to ensure coal dust does not escape into the environment. Touring the plant, we were able to climb 80 meters to the top of the massive complex which provided great site seeing opportunities.

Overall, our day was a huge success and provided many learning opportunities. It was then off to our host families, where yes, the activities continued. More on those later.


  1. Lookin' good in those hard-hats!!!

  2. Great photos! ...what's up with the white coat, Rebecca?

  3. Sounds like a great tour and enjoy the pictures. So good to read the blog.