13 students of Japanese Culture Club participated in the Talentfest 2015 on Friday, April 10, 2015. They danced "Sonran Bushi" Please click here to watch the video published in the Youtube.
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.
Field trip to Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Students enjoyed the Field trip to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts on February 24th, 2015. After that they ate their lunch at Zen Box and explore Japanese food at the United Noddles. The slide show is below.
Haiku Contest 2015
Japanese Culture Club Meeting With World Language Clubs
Japanese Culture club met Nov. 17th in the media center with the ASL club, French club and Spanish club for an afternoon of learning a little about each World Languages. Japanese Culture Club taught some simple greetings and a children’s son in Japanese Sign Language.
Three high school students from Hokkaido
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.
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.
Izumi High School'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.
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