Des Moines, Japanese Students Exchange Culture on Field Trip

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DES MOINES, Iowa — Students from Central Campus took a field trip like none other.

Students part of a Japanese class spent Tuesday touring cultural hot-spots around Des Moines. But what made the day so special was that they were joined by 20 Japanese exchange students.

One stop was the Sikh Temple in Johnston. The students learned about the Sikh religion and the culture surrounding it.

“It’s pretty fun getting to learn about all these different cultures, getting to see all these different people and experiencing all these different things like eating different culture’s food and what not,” said Ben Woida Clark, a senior at Roosevelt High School.

Students learned how the Sikhs pray and enjoyed an authentic Indian meal at the Temple.

One of the Temple’s trustees, Ratwinder Gill, led the tour and hopes the students walked away with more knowledge on his culture.

“We can have better understanding of each others cultures and that can be beneficial to both the students and us because they get to know who we are as Sikhs and what our religious beliefs are,” Gill said.

The students also toured Tai Village and the Italian American Cultural Center in Des Moines.

The Japanese class at Central Campus has been hosting similar field trips with students for more than 10 years.

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