Japanese Scout makes a cultural visit to Portsmouth

From left: Bernie Clark, Yuta Minami, and Bernie's wife Jane
From left: Bernie Clark, Yuta Minami, and Bernie's wife Jane
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A Japanese Scout was hosted by a 
Portsmouth Scout leader for a weekend to compare their cultural experiences.

Yuta Minami, 16, is a Scout from Maizuru who spent two days with Bernie Clark 
– a Scout leader for the 53rd Portsmouth Scouts, based in Paulsgrove.

Yuta is from a Scout group that Bernie, 70, has kept in contact with ever since visiting the country in 1998.

Explorer Scout Bobby Kerr, 16, from the 53rd Portsmouth Scout group, went to visit Bernie, his wife Jane and their Japanese visitor to discuss and compare his experience of Japan.

Bobby has recently come back from the World Scout Jamboree, which took place from July 28 to August 8 in Japan.

The Jamboree in Yamaguchi City had a total of 33,838 Scouts attend from 152 countries.

Global Jamborees are generally hosted every four years in a variety of countries, including Denmark, Greece and Thailand.

Bobby said: ‘The Japanese Jamboree was the most amazing experience of my life.

‘Japan was the most beautiful place I have ever been to.

‘I made so many friends from all over the world, and I also plan on going to the next international Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia to experience it all over again.’

During the two-day visit Yuta, who is studying at the English Language Centre in Brighton, was shown the sights of Ports-mouth and Southsea.

They visited Portsdown Hill, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and Gunwarf Quays, as well as the UK’s biggest mixed youth organisation, Solent Scout Training Centre, in Shedfield.

The camp includes many facilities, such as kayaking, abseiling, staged performance, paragliding and archery.

Bernie, who lives in Cosham, said: ‘We had a very enjoyable time together seeing the two boys getting on.

‘I love to see young people cementing friendship through Scouting.’

Yuta said he enjoyed seeing the sights around Portsmouth. He added: ‘It was fun for everybody.’