Three students from Kaisei Gakuin (High School), Hokkaido, Japan came to Southwest. John B and Conor J. hosted them. Visitors shadowed host students and Isabella G. They did interactive activities with us. The visitors envied Southwest as having more electives than their own school. They said that Southwest students have a welcoming atmosphere and that they are very active and friendly. It was a fun day with visitors.
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Soran Bushi 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.Many of our Japanese Culture Club members danced this Soran Bushi at the Talent Fest on April 17th at Southwest. Please click the title above and enjoy watching their performance (It is youtube video).
Ibaraki, Minneapolis’s sister city in Japan, sponsors a haiku contest. Southwest High School was notified that they placed with eight winners in the citywide contest. That means we won all honors in the 9th grade -12th grade category again this year. A presentation of awards was held on Sunday, April 13th, 2014 from 2 p.m. at the Minneapolis Central Library downtown. Congratulations to the haiku winners!
Kasugaoka High School's visit
14 students and two teachers from our Sister School, Kasugaoka High School, in Osaka, Japan came to Minneapolis on Sunday, March 16th. They will do activities with students at Southwest and stay with host families for a week . Please welcome them when you see them in the building!
Kakehashi Presentation at the schoolboard
19 students and 11 parents of Kakehashi project members went to the schoolboard to present the Kakehashi Project on March 11th. Fadumo and Susie gave their speech to the board members. We are very proud of our complishment. These are the pictures. Please click here to see them. Here is the viideo of the trip to Japan. Please click here to see it.
Japanese language competition for high school students
Izumi HIgh SchooI's Visit
23 students and two teachers from our partner school, Izumi High School, in Osaka, Japan are coming to Minneapolis for a four day visit from Monday, January 20th. They will come to Southwest from Tuesday, January 21st to Thursday, January 23rd. Please welcome them when you see them in the building!
Here is the video link of the visit. Please click here for the first part. Please cleck here for second part.
Here is the picture link of the visit. Please click here.
Southwest High School has a sister school in Osaka
The principal of Kasugaoka High School, Osaka Japan visited Southwest High School at the beginning of December. His main purpose for this visit was to establish the sister school relation between Southwest and Kasugaoka High School. Both principal signed the certificates on December 2nd. He enjoyed activities wiith all Japanese classes after that. I am very pleased to announce that Southwest High School has a sister school in Osaka. We hope our relationship will be stronger and last long.
With the Consul General of Japan
21 students who went to Japan by the Kakehashi Project last July had an opportunity to meet Mr. Yoshida, the Consul General of Japan, on Friday November 1st. They had a round table and discussed " Our future plans and concerns for Japanese Language Studies," then gave the Kakehashi Project presentation. The students were proud to tell about their trip to Japan. The Kakehashi Project was an incredible opportunity for these students, which they will never forget the rest of their lives.
Homecoming Parade! September 2013
The Japanese Culture Club participated in the Homecoming Parade with Japanese costume on Friday, October 12th. There was a $70 cash prize for the club with the best sign and we won the prize. I will show a video of the parade soo. click here please.
A Fully Funded 10-day study tour to Japan July 2013
The Japanese Program at Southwest was selected to participate in the “KAKEHASHI Project – The Bridge for Tomorrow" - funded by the government of Japan. This project gave us a fully funded 10-day study tour to Japan from July 8th to July 18th 2013. 23 students, former Southwest teacher and Mrs. French enjoyed time in Japan. Here is the web site of this trip. click here please.
ram at Southwest was selected to participate in the “KAKEHASHI Project – The Bridge for Tomorrow" - funded by the government of Japan. Students did presentation of Kakehashi Project at the staff meeting on Tuesday, October 1st. Please click here to watch their presentation.
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