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■Letters from Japan brought big smiles (2010/06/28)

"The experience started out with surprise, enjoy. It turned sad, then ended on a surprising note.”
“We could not get through to each other by language, but by heart.”
These quoters are by Yujo no Reporters (Reporters for friendship) Sota Iwasawa (14) and Riko Fujioka (17) who visited Cambodia this spring break to cover the story.
The picture below is Sokly, Srouch, Tey, Leak, who live in the "House for Youth" and the two Yujo no Reporters. They cemented their friendship through a photo workshop in Cambodia.

Even after parting, the Yujo no Reporters stayed in touch with their new friends. Although thye are studying far apart in Japan and Cambodia The friendships made this spring continue to grow and encourage each other in their every day life. In June, letters from Yujo no Reporters, Sota and Riko, reached the children in Cambodia. At first they were surprised by the unexpected letters, but the letters brought big smiles to their faces after a staff translated and read the message.

Srouch (left) and Bunthoeurn (right), smiling shyly with the letters.
A staff translating the letter to Leak(left).

What the Yujo no Reporters felt from the experience was the same as the children’s in the "House for Youth"; that is, growing together both in Japan and Cambodia through cherishing friendship. We, KnK, would like to continue offering opportunities to teach the world’s present situations to more Japanese youths.


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