17 students and two teachers from our Sister School, Kasugaoka High School, in Osaka, Japan came to Minneapolis on Tuesday, February 28th. 400 hundred students watched their presentation and enjoyed it. Visitors shadowed host students half day. They did bookmaking with Mary and Werner, visited the University of Minnesota and Anthony Middle School. Visitors and host students enjoyed sight seeing in St Paul and stayed with host families for a week . They had a wonderful time in Minneapolis. Please lick here to see their pictures and videos.
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
skit at Sakura restaurant
We went to Sakura restaurant on Tuesday, Nobember 18th. We practiced a restautrant skit in class and some groups performed it at Sakura. Please click here to watch Japanese 2 students' performance. Please click here to watch Japanese 1, 4, 7 5 students' Youtube video. Click here to see more pictures.
Hi from Korrina C.
Korrina Chatland who was a sophomore went to Japan as a Rotary Exchange student at the end of August. Now she switched to her second host family. She has been to art club, dance club and tea ceremony. She went to Kyoto though with her host family. She have Home Economics class which is different from Southwest.
Kasugaoka High School will be in Minneapolis from Tuesday, February 28th to Monday, March 6th. More than 30 students at Kasugaoka applied to come to Minneapolis. I need as many host families for students as possible, or we will have to disappoint many and refuse their visit. We would like to be able to host at least 15 students, both 4 males and 11 females. They will stay five nights with families and spend their last night in a hotel, prior to departure.
Optimally, the hosts would be able to offer their prospective guests a private room and bed. Because of transportation concerns for group meetings and events, families should also be in close proximity to Southwest High School. We are now building a list of potential families who could host. If you are in a situation to be able to offer such hospitality, please contact me by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Parents/or an adult in the family must respond to this email.
30 students from Kaisei Gakuin (High School), Hokkaido, Japan came to Southwest on Tuesday, October 11th . Conor J., Aella R.and Julis R. hosted five of them. Nine volunteer students gave a tour of the new Southwest building to the visitors. Volunteers are Megan B., Jibril I., Yoko K., Devon O., Aella R.,Isabel R., Tenzin S., Grace S., and Darius S. Thank you! Visitors did interactive activities with period 5 students. They said that Southwest is big and students have a welcoming atmosphere and that they are very active and friendly. It was a fun day with the Japanese visitors.
Field trip to Festival of Nations
National Japan Bowl 2016
The Japan Bowl is a National Japanese Language and Culture Competition. It was held at the Nationa 4-H Conference Center followed by the Nationa Cherry Blossom Festival at Washignton DC. Isabella Gold, Taylor Nelson, & Devon Olson. were participated as a team. Congratulations to the level IV participants who represented the Minnesota region.
Soran Bushi (ソーラン節) is one of the most famous traditional songs in Japan. It is a Japanese sea shanty that is said to have been first sung by the fishermen of Hokkaido, northern Japan.The dance moves depict ocean waves, fishermen dragging nets, pulling ropes and lifting luggage over their shoulders. This dance is taught in many schools across Japan as part of the curriculum. During regular intervals of the dance, the words: "DOKKOISHO!" "DOKKOISHO!" "SORAN!" "SORAN!" are called. Those words were used in the past to encourage the fisherman during their work. Koisuru Fortune Cookie ("The Fall-in-Love Fortune Cookie") is the 32nd single by the Japanese idol girl group AKB48. It was released in Japan on August 21, 2013.
17 visitors from our Sister School, Kasugaoka High School, in Osaka, Japan came to Minneapolis on Tuesday, March 1st. 700 hundred students watched their presentation and enjoyed it. March 3rd, visitors shadowed host students from period 1
Name: Kyoko French