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Today we were treated to a Japanese Cultural Event by a group of our students from Kyoto High School in Japan.
ESE students were given the opportunity to learn all about the Japanese Culture during the second break from classes. Taking place in the Welfare lounge, the event began with a curious performance from one of our Japanese students wearing sunglasses and holding a pineapple! After which followed a presentation of traditional Japanese dancing by our female Japanese students dressed in beautiful traditional Kimonos decorated with colourful floral designs and patterns. There were a few technical hitches with the music but that didn’t faze these ladies, they instead sang the traditional accompanying song while performing a graceful dance which had the audience transfixed.
Next came an enthusiastic dance by our male Japanese students which told the story of Japanese fishermen of old, going out to sea in their fishing boats, fighting through the rough waves and bringing home a large catch of fish at the end of the day. Then it was the turn of another female Japanese student to demonstrate some of Japan’s more modern culture, with a bit of J-Pop! Performing to a Beyonce dance track and with the crowd clapping along in time, our very own J-Pop star wowed us all with her energetic moves! Finally back to the stage to round things up was the sunglass wearing, pineapple holding, dancing student to end the performances on a high!
Then it was time for ESE students to take a dip into Japanese culture themselves. There were origami lessons where students could learn the impressive Japanese art of paper folding, along with games involving skittles and chopsticks to demonstrate ones ‘chopstick’ skills (or lack of in my case!). Students were also able to sample traditional Japanese Green tea (which was delicious!) and the ladies were able to try on and learn how to wear a Kimono – the traditional Japanese dress. There was also a demonstration of Japanese writing – Shodo Calligraphy, which proved very popular, with students able to get their own names written in Japanese, on decorative boards and Japanese fans.
The event was a great success and thoroughly enjoyed by all ESE students and staff.
ESE was also honoured to host Malta’s Japanese Ambassador Mr André Spiteri who attended our Japanese ESE certificate ceremony and very generously gave our students a talk about Japan and Malta and who also presented each student with their ESE certificate for course completion. Students were then able to sample some traditional Maltese food & drink, such as patizzis and Kinnie and in turn learn a little bit more about Maltese culture.
We would like to thank all the students and staff from Kyoto High School for all their hard work organising this event and teaching us all at ESE about the Japanese Culture. We would also like to thank Mr André Spiteri, Malta’s Japanese Ambassador, for attending and taking part in the certificate ceremony.
Focus on Fluency
Curious (adj.): – strange, unusual
Technical hitches (noun): – a temporary problem or difficulty
Faze (verb): – worried, bothered, concerned (not fazed – not bothered, not worried…)
Transfixed (verb): – to become motionless with horror, wonder, or astonishment (in this case – wonder and astonishment)
‘Of old’ : – in or belonging to the past
J-Pop (nuon) : – Japanese pop music
‘Take a dip into’ : – to sample, to get a bit of a taste of something
Author: Samantha Dixon
About the Author: Samantha is British and has taught English as a foreign language in several different countries including Thailand and Finland. She has been with ESE since March 2016 and has recently joined the Marketing team as a Marketing Executive. She enjoys being creative, painting and writing when time allows. She also enjoys spending time with her 3 year old son, soaking up the Maltese sun.
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