Outreach

I delivered five sessions on the Japanese culture and language at a secondary school. A total of 125 students in Year 8 (25 students in each class) joined the session, which was more of an interaction style between us than the presentation style I did last time. I fully enjoyed all the sessions with the students. I was so impressed that they willingly participated in discussions when I gave them a topic, and that I got a shower of questions from most of them throughout the classes. At least it seemed I was successfully able to break the ice!

We explored the Japanese Ninja, Samurai, Anime, food and language while watching five videos and looking at many pictures. I wanted to elicit what they knew about them, what they thought and what they wanted to know more about them. Things they were most curious about were Katana (the long sword the Samurai carried), Anime, Omurice (Japanese Omelette Rice), Curry Rice (Japanese curry), Karaage (fried chicken), and lastly the Japanese alphabets! For the last 10 minutes in class, we did some language activities, which they really enjoyed.

Some students were keen to know about how different the language is. A student asked me ‘how to say “I love you” in Japanese?’ I taught him ‘love’ and ‘I love you’, which he jotted down.

Among the food pictures I showed, Curry Rice and Karaage were the most popular. Yes, the combination of Karaage Curry Rice is very popular in Japan as well!

After all of the five sessions were done, a senior teacher of the school said to me, ‘You have done a decent job at a secondary school in England’, which made me feel happy and confident.

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