Time flies! We will have the last day of classes this Tuesday, December 10 and then have the final exams to complete this fall. We cannot wait to head home to celebrate the holiday season. As you know, January 1st is the biggest Japanese holiday with various New Year’s foods (Osechi), New Year’s parties (Shin-nen-kai) and New Year’s Cards (Nenga-jyo). As in the past years, our students created their own Nenga-jo this year! Some of them will enter the New Year’s Card Contest organized by the Georgia Association of Teachers of Japanese. We will see who will win the contest!
Miyake Harumi sensei, our new teacher for 2013-14, created a supplementary video for the TE-form. Since flash cards are built-in, students can practice how to make the TE-form orally while watching it. The TE-form is very important in building up structures and we hope that Miyake sensei’s video will help students to master the TE-form. She will create more videos later, so please stay tuned!
On Monday October 28, the Japanese program and the Japanese Culture Club (JCC) held a joint event “Sushi Night” in Few Hall. About 70 students participated in the event to learn Japanese table manners as well as a little history of Japanese Sushi. We welcomed Mr. Noguchi, a local sushi chef and each participant made their own California rolls with step-by-step instructions from Chef Noguchi and the leaders of JCC. For the first hands-on experience, many students were able to make amazingly beautiful rolls! Most students took pictures of their own rolls, enjoyed eating them, and took a picture with Chef Noguchi. This event was co-sponsored by the Dept. of Russian and East Asian Languages and Cultures and the Emory College Language Center.