We have a lot of wonderful students at our English conversation school in Otsu and many of our students love to travel. They almost always bring us some sort of gift from their travels. Over the years (this year marks 20 years since Smith’s school first opened it’s doors) we have received so many wonderful gifts. Some are small, such as fridge magnets or sweets, others large and fancy, such as slippers, sports jerseys, welcome signs and more. Our English school franchise branch in Otsu opened in 2000 and since then we have been able to decorate our school with a variety of wonderful souvenirs. A few years back we bought a huge wall map for one of our classroom and decided that it needed a frame. Copying an idea we saw at Smith’s school of English in Katsura (thanks Tom!), we decided to frame the map in postcards from around the world. We asked our students and they were very happy to help us out. In a little over 2 years we managed to completely wrap the map in postcards, and more are still being brought in. Our students have visited some very wonderful places and these postcards are true “souvenirs” of their travels. By the way, do you know what “souvenir” means? It’s a French word which literally means “a memory”. Happy travels!
Edward, Smith’s School of English Otsu