Term 1 saw the start of a new Middle/Senior School Japanese Club at the College, held in Japanese Room P5 at Thursday lunchtimes.
Although a lot of students just come to “hang out” with likeminded people due to their interest in Japanese pop-culture like anime, manga and J-pop, every session also has a cultural focus and an activity conducted in Japanese that most students enthusiastically join.
So far, some of the activities we have offered are origami (paperfolding), calligraphy, kimono dress-ups and kendama ball game. By far the most popular have been the cooking sessions including yakisoba (fried noodles), sushi and onigiri (rice balls). We have also had a number of Japanese visitors to the club, who have done a presentation on their home-towns and engaged in conversation practice in English and Japanese to benefit both groups.
The club is attended by Japanese Teacher Mariel Howard and our Japanese Assistant Teacher Rina Kamizuru. For the rest of the semester we have even more fun activities planned, including cooking okonomiyaki (savoury pancake), completing a calligraphy artwork on a tile and learning to wrap presents in a beautiful cloth, Japanese style.
If your children are interested in Japanese culture and/or language and are in Years 7-12 please encourage to come along. We have a lovely group of regulars but are keen to share the fascinating culture of Japan with as many students as possible.