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
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
Japanese students participated in the Japanese Day at the Minnesota Zoo on December 8, 2015. 21 presenters of Japanese 4 and 5 classes showed five animals at the assigned stations. This year, we were assigned Ringtail Lemur, Colobus Monkey, Komoto Dragon, White Cheek Gibbon and Small Clawed Otter. Students discovered fascinating facts about these and other Zoo animals, all in Japanese. Students can visit about 40 animal stations throughout the Zoo. Upper level language students use music, costumes, and props to interpret the animal exhibits. Students each received a "passport" which gets stamped after listening to the presenter at each station. All days are geared toward language students.
Name: Kyoko French