Girls enjoyed a series of lectures and practical workshops which introduced them to a country which is steeped in the deepest of traditions dating back thousands of years at the same time as being the world’s second largest developed economy. The Japan Day programme started with a lecture from Mrs Nicola Alesbrook, Planning and Programme Director who talked about the organisation of the last Rugby World Cup, which was held in venues across Japan last year. Next up was History teacher, Mr Wise who introduced the girls to the Hiragana alphabet and a few basic words and phrases in Japanese. The DH Catering Department entered into the spirit of the day with a Japanese-themed menu featuring Yakiotori chicken, Mabo Don and Yakisoba noodles which everyone enjoyed.
In the afternoon, girls split into groups to attend three workshops in which they learned the basics of Japanese calligraphy and how to make a traditional Japanese stab binding. There was also the opportunity to learn the art of dressing in a traditional kimono and obi, and a Japanese-themed quiz.
Head of Lower School, Mrs Gilipin Jones said,
The Global Days for Remove are designed to extend the girls’ knowledge of different countries around the world and today has given them a wonderful insight into many different aspects of Japanese culture – I know they particularly enjoyed the interactive workshops and would like to thank everyone who has made the day such an interesting one.
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