遠足とは What is ENSOKU?

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ENSOKU means a school excursion or field trip, generally a day trip organized by a school with a purpose of social and educational development. Common ENSOKU themes are “to know more about your own country” and “to learn about one’s local area more profoundly”. For many Japanese people, ENSOKU is one of the highlights of schooldays.

We arrange interactive-participatory events similar to ENSOKU into tours suitable for adults. The tours introduced through ensorq do not include transportation to/from the venues. Our service, ensorq, gathers Japanese and foreign people to various venues with an aim to provide them fun experience of “enjoying NIPPON together”!!

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遠足をもっと楽しむための4つのコツ 4 tips for making ENSOKU more fun

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やっぱり、みんなで「おでかけ」が楽しい

The excitement of visiting a different place is the biggest fun of ENSOKU. And the more people gather, the merrier the trip becomes. At ensorq’s events, as you share experiences with other people, the sceneries, activities and food you encounter become “more impressive”.

At Japanese schools…
Many Japanese people may recall ENOKU as the best memory of schooldays. The “mates”, who are different from family or usual friends, get together to experience something new – that is the true attraction of ENSOKU.

Why not join the Japanese and enjoy different excursions from conventional sightseeing tours!

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事前の準備が楽しい

“If we do it this way, it will be more fun”, “What to do when something like this happens.” etc… Talking about “what to do” before ENSOKU is part of excitement about the excursion. Preparation and discussions before the event add more fun to your trip. As ensorq is a place for intercultural communication for adults, the preparation is different from kids’ ENSOKU. You can make use of the ensorq website to gather information and communicate with other participants before the event. Let’s enjoy the preparation part in a smart way.

At Japanese schools…
For school children, ENSOKU is different from daily life or ordinary trips in that they are expected to do a lot of preparation before the trip. Many meetings and discussions in class, group work training, making a booklet with guidelines and points to note, etc…

Perhaps, good manner and coordination in public such as waiting patiently in line, are nurtured in Japanese schools through ENSOKU!

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仲良くなれて楽しい

Through ENSOKU, children can make new friends or discover some unexpected personalities of classmates. Meeting and interacting with new people in an extraordinary environment such as ENSOKU is a valuable opportunity for developing new friendship. As grown-ups, let’s make new friends through ENSOKU that is designed as “intercultural communication for adults”.

At Japanese schools…
ENSOKU is not just a trip but considered to be a good chance for children to make new friends. The Education Ministry specifies one of the aims of ENSOKU as “to develop good interpersonal relationship and to deepen the feeling of unity and sense of belonging to the group.”

We are sure that new friendship will be born through sharing experiences with Japanese and foreign participants!

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食事が楽しい

One of the highlights of ENSOKU is eating. Eating bento and snacking after lunch in an unusual place or environment while establishing new friendship is a special experience. To “experience together” and “eat together” are key tips for enjoying ENSOKU. You can bring your favorite snacks to ensorq’s events just like Japanese kids do, except that you may afford more as a grown-up!

At Japanese schools…
In general, school children bring homemade bento and some snacks to ENSOKU. Often, the amount of snacks allowed to bring is up to 300 yen worth. This is the “300 yen rule of ENSOKU”. Enjoying a special lunchtime while having fun chatting with friends is one of the attractions of ENSOKU.

Let’s meet new mates by sharing fun mealtimes during the excursion!

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