Culture Day 2014: Bon Odori

Awa Dance Group with StudentsThis year during Culture Day on February 15th, 2014, we featured Bon Odori (盆踊り). During the summer, it is hot in Japan, but it is also very exciting as various summer festivals take place. There is a special period called Obon (お盆) in the summer, where it is believed that ancestors come back home for a reunion. Therefore, everyone tries to go back to their hometown during the Obon period to visit their family graveyard and to worship.  During that time, they dance together to celebrate their reunion. That dance is called Bon Odori (盆踊り). Continue reading

Bake Sale and Book Sale 2013

The 2013 Toronto Japanese Language School Bake Sale and Book Sale was a great success! We would like to thank all the parents, students, and teachers who contributed their delicious pastries and food to the bake sale. In addition to this, we’d like to thank the many kind volunteers who gave their time to organizing the bake sale and making it a wonderful event for everyone. Just by looking at the happy smiles of the children eating taiyaki and other pastries, we knew everyone was having a fun time! Continue reading

Okamatsu Speech Contest 2013

SpeechContest2013-03In April this year, when I was taking class at the Toronto Japanese Language School, our teacher Sugimoto  sensei told us about the Okamatsu Japanese Speech Contest to be held in the school in May. She told us that preparing and giving a Japanese speech will greatly improve our Japanese Language skills. Continue reading

Culture Day 2013

2013-Caligraphy-SusanKeeneCulture Day at the Toronto Japanese Language School Shodo (書道) on  February 16, 2013. Today all the students participated in a special Cultural Day program. Every year the school presents an activity that introduces a different aspect of Japanese life, and this year it was calligraphy, the traditional way of writing Japanese using a brush and ink. Continue reading