Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Whitley Hosts Year 8 Japan Day




Written by Abigail Rodgers - Year 8 Student Reporter

Konnichiwa from Whitley Academy!

Welcome to this news article all about the Japan Day that took place on Friday 20th of May 2016.

It was a special day for all of us, the Year 8 students. Many teachers, led by Mr Purslow, the Head of MFL Department, organised Japan Day activities in which we discovered many things about Japanese life. Our very interesting lessons included Japanese Culture, Drama, Arts, Fashion, Fashion and General Knowledge.

For your information, our school has built up a special link with our partner school Kamokita in Hiroshima, Japan. It is a senior secondary school with around 150 students. In March this year, two students and a teacher from Kamokita School stayed with our students for two weeks. It was a very interesting time!

Back to our very special Japan Day…
These are some of the amazing facts we now know about Japan:

The Japanese name for Japan is ‘Nihon’ or ‘Nippon’ which means ‘sun origin’. I hope you know the flag of Japan has a red circle in the middle against a white background – a land of the rising sun! Wow!

Japan is a world leader in robotics. Some of the most well-known companies in the world are Toyota, Canon, Panasonic, Toshiba and Sharp.

Sumo is a national sport in Japan.

Some world-famous dishes from Japan include sushi and sashimi.

The traditional outfit is kimono. The kimonos were introduced towards the end of the 8th century and women used to wear…. 25 layers of a kimono!!! Today’s special kimonos are made usually of silk and can cost up to £60,000! Such an expensive outfit!

Manga, a style of cartoons, originated from Japan.

Overall we had a very interesting day, I hope the teachers do lessons like today’s more often!

Thank you for reading and Say┼Źnara!