Thursday, 25 May 2017

Japan Day popular with Year 8 pupils

Written by Ben and Ciaran, student reporters

On Friday 19th May, Year 8 spent the day learning about Japan.

The journey began in the Small Gym, where Mr Haxby presented a short assembly on Japan Day to Year 8 pupils. The whole audience practised how to say some simple Japanese greetings, such as “Konnichiwa”, which means Hello. Mr Haxby also taught us how to count down from ten in Japanese; "Jū" -10, "Ri"-9, he is an expert in Japanese language! 

The day had been divided into lots of different activities, including a Japanese quiz, Japanese language, catering, and Japanese arts! Everyone was looking forward to the day ahead of them.

The four of us, the Year 8 student reporters, had already planned where to go, what to do, and what we aimed to achieve on the day, including writing this exciting blog.

First of all, a quick visit to the Japanese quiz lessons. 

Do you know the answers to these questions?

  • The most common surname in the UK is Smith. What is the most common surname in Japan?
  • When does the school year start in Japan? 
  • In the UK there are 108 universities. How many universities are there in Japan? 
  • In the UK there are three true hot springs (in Japanese: "Onsen"). About how many are there in Japan?

(The answers for the above questions could be found at the bottom of this blog)

Students worked in small groups to look for answers. What you could hear around you was the sheer volume of human voices, incredibly loud and full of passion. Next, we went to see some Japanese art works. The students were making paper lanterns with dragons inside. It might look easy to fold the paper lanterns, but it wasn’t as you needed to have stable hands. Everyone was getting involved, busy and excited! 

Amazing images of food were on display as we went to Mr Purslow’s classroom, where he was teaching the students about Japanese food and lifestyle. We also took a peak at the geographical side of Japan and were amazed to know that the Japanese name for Japan is “Nihon” or “Nippon”, which means “sun origin”. Suddenly we remembered once our Geography teacher said that Japan was the Land of the Rising Sun. How true!

Our last stop was the special visit to the catering room. We wanted to do some filming about how sushi was made. In this case patience was required as the cooks needed time to prep the food. Just thinking about the scrumptious sushi the students concocted in catering is enough to make anyone’s mouth water. Whether it was rice balls or seaweed rolls, the students’ creations were wondrous.

Would you be able to answer even the most basic of questions at the end of a tiring day? Well the three students that we decided to interview at the very end of period 6 (around 2:45pm) , after very carefully assessing who to interview, did an amazing job holding their nerve and going strong through the whole questioning. 

We hope you enjoy reading our blog as much as our enjoyment for Japan Day.  

Quiz Answers:

  • Common surname in Japan: SATOU
  • In Japan the school year starts in April.
  • There are 778 universities in Japan.
  • 3000, as Japan sits along the “Pacific Ring of Fire”, it has many volcanoes.