Happy New Year!
The first two days of the semester, we experienced Kakizome and Mochitsuki to celebrate the New Year.
Kakizome is a first calligraphy of the year and people write New Year’s resolutions.
Mochitsuki is to pound rice to make rice cake, and it is also a Japanese New Year's tradition. We put some cooked rice into a big stone bowl called “Usu” and pounded it for several times to make it stick together with big hummer called “Kine”.
It was not easy to pound rice than it looks since the hummer was pretty heavy with sticky rice, but students enjoyed a lot to make mochi!
We enjoyed our fresh mochi with soy sauce, kinako (roasted soybean powder) with sugar, and seaweed.
I hope students enjoyed the experience of celebrating Japanese New Year in the class!
We celebrated Japanese New Year's Eve by having a soba noodle party. Soba noodles symbolize a long and healthy life, and also the word "soba" means "to be aside" so that family and friends can stay together for the upcoming year.
Before eating Soba, students learned how to use chopsticks.
While we were eating soba noodles, we also enjoyed a movie called "Your Name".
It is a really famous movie in Japan, and I hope the students liked it!
Have wonderful holidays!
Level 5 students had a field trip to Georgia Institute of Technology (GT) on October 30th. There are about 200 students who take a Japanese class at GT. We observed one of the classes where students participated in speaking activities. The class was challenging but they had a lot of fun talking with college students.
After the observation, we attended to an information session from the academic advisor of the School of Modern Languages.
We also had a lunch time with GT Japanese students to talk about their campus life and their study abroad programs.
Level 5 students interviewed Nakanishi-sensei who is a Japanese instructor at GT. Students did very well in asking questions using KEIGO, the business Japanese.
Finally, we had a campus tour with student ambassadors. We were impressed by their beautiful campus and a variety of facilities.
Thanks to Japanese teachers and students of Georgia Tech for all the arrangements, and Mrs. Collins and Mrs. Snedeker as our wonderful chaperones! ありがとうございました！
In level 2/2H class, students worked on the “Party Invitation Project” where they created an invitation card to the class. We voted for a best party host, and send the card to our former Japanese teacher, Ms. Freeman. We were so glad to have her visit our classes, and we enjoyed our time together.
Best party hosts:
クッキーをかざるパーティー “Decoration of Cookies Party” by Kendall Diaz (L2H)
やきそばパーティー“Yakisoba Party” by Ryne Garrett (L2)
Students did a great job on organizing the parties. Here are some pictures.
クッキーをかざるパーティー ”Decoration of Cookies Party” (Level2H)
やきそばパーティー "Yakisoba Party" (Level2)
Freeman-sensei, thank you for joining us!
We had two special guests from Japan in early September!
Mr. Kaito Magotani and Mr. Andrew Evans.
Mr. Kaito visited Roswell High School a few years ago as a member of "Kakehashi Project", and he came back to Georgia to visit his host family this month!
He shared his findings of cultural similarities and differences about SNS and teenagers' fashion between America and Japan. Students enjoyed learning teenager's cultural aspects through his presentation. Thank you to Will Troutman (Level 3H) for inviting Mr. Magotani. We hope Mr. Magotani had a great time here!
We also had another guest, Mr. Evans, who is an admissions counselor at Temple University, Japan Campus. Temple University is known as a place to study abroad in Japan. From Mr. Evans' presentation, students learned how the campus life would be like in Japan. Mr. Evans also hold individual conferences with some of our students. It was a great opportunity to learn about a university in Japan!
Thank you for welcoming me to the Japanese class! I'm so excited to teach Japanese at RHS. I will do my best so that you will feel "Learning Japanese is so fun!"
Good job for the level 1 students for surviving the first month of your Japanese curriculum.
Students worked so hard to master the expressions for their quiz. They enjoyed the review activities using their new devices.
Also, Level 2H, 3/3H, 4H, and 5H students received pen pal letters from Shinsyuukan High School in Saitama, Japan. It's a great opportunity to make a friend in Japan, isn't it? We are going to write a reply to them next week!
I hope students will enjoy the class and be able to improve their Japanese skills!
Students participated in Japan Academic Challenge and Japanese Speech Contest. They have been practicing and studying so hard, and I'm so proud of each and every one of their accomplishment!
Japanese Speech Contest
Japan Academic Challenge
Congratulations to Alex, Samuel, and Anthony!
Level III 2nd place! やった〜！
Congratulations to Cameron, Eric, and Harshita!
Level IV 3rd place! おめでとう！