Japanese Day at Redwood Park

Konnichiwa!!! Wow, what an exciting couple of days...

Konnichiwa!!!

Wow, what an exciting couple of days.  KS3 have been experiencing some amazing activities and sampling some traditional Japanese foods.  KS3 have learnt all about Japanese culture, seen some of the amazing art from Japan, discovered how to write their names in Japanese writing and made some of the great modern Japanese phenomena, like anime. 

Activities we engaged in included:

Making our own anime characters.  We had to choose all the features ourselves and name them!  Anime is short for animations, and is widely used to describe Japanese film and television animation.  These can be hand-drawn or computer animations.

Enjoying a traditional Japanese tea ceremony and learning about the Japanese culture behind it.  The Japanese tea ceremony, also called the ‘way of tea’, is a Japanese cultural activity involving the ceremonial preparation and presentation of matcha, powdered green tea.  Matcha has a very bitter taste, I wonder who will drink this again?

Learning all about Japanese colours and experiencing them through gaming!!

Making traditional Japanese Koi Karp windsocks ‘Koinobori’ used to honour Childrens Day in Japan.  In Japanese culture, the carp symbolizes courage and strength because of its ability to swim up a waterfall.

Making and tasting home-made sushi.  All of KS3 enjoyed making sushi and experimenting with different fillings, don’t worry, there were no raw fish involved!!  Some of the young people really liked the taste!!

Learning how to write their names in Japanese!!  All of KS3 had the opportunity to use traditional Japanese pens and use traditional Japanese script paper.  The young people learnt that traditional Japanese is written in columns and from right to left.