National Japan Bowl
at the Capital
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
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 to 5. After that they did bookmaking with Mary and Werner. They will do more activities with students at Southwest and stay with host families for a week . Please welcome them when you see them in the building! Please lick here to see their pictures.
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