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2018 Harmony Day Video

Students of Languages at Centralian Middle School showcased their language skills in a video which was screened at a school assembly on Harmony Day 2018.

2019 The Japan Foundation Japanese Teaching Methods Program for Teachers of the Japanese-Language

Sydney Japanese teacher, Ms Rebecca Li was a trainee at the Japan Foundation’s 2019 Japanese Teaching Methods Program (Summer course) in Japan. She has kindly shared her experience for Senseis’ Voices, including information about her project work as part of the course – an assessment task for Year 7.

Parental engagement in Japanese language learning at SCECGS Redlands

How do we engage parents/guardians in their children’s learning of Japanese? Read how Sydney teacher Yuji Okawa set about doing this by trialling an innovate engagement project at his school.

Advocacy: In our Hands

Its the age old question – how do we better advocate the Japanese language in our school communities? Anne de Kretser, Director of the Monash Japanese Language Education Centre shares some ideas we can all implement to increase the visibility and perceived value of Japanese to our stakeholders.

Intensive Seminar Participant Reflections, January 2019

Participants of the Intensive Seminar for Teachers and Pre-Service Teachers, January 2019 share their stories of the seminar.

Japan Foundation: 40 Years in Australia J-Teacher Questionnaire Results

We announce the most popular Japanese onomatopoeia, as chosen by J-Teacher readers.

2018 Kanji of the Year

We wrap up 2018 with the Kanji of the Year and why it was chosen.

National Conference of the Federation of Australia-Japan Societies – Education Session

Panel chair Dianne Fitzpatrick reflects on the educational session at the recent National Conference of the Federation of Australia-Japan Societies.

Intensive Seminar Participant Reflections, July 2018

Participants reflect on the Intensive Seminar for middle years teachers, held at JPF Sydney in July. 

Student Advocacy Day in Canterbury, New Zealand

See how teachers in Canterbury, NZ continue to develop links between secondary and tertiary students of Japanese.

土用の丑、うなぎ、「う」の食べ物 (Doyō no ushi, unagi and other foods starting with ‘u’)

As Japan heads into the summer months, learn about the phenomeon of eating eel or other items beginning with う.

Koromogae (Seasonal Change of Clothing)

As the temperature changes, we look into the seasonal practise of koromogae. But what exactly is it and why is it done?

Intensive Seminar Participant Reflections, January 2018

Participants of the Intensive Seminar for Primary and Teachers and Pre-Service Teachers, January 2018 tell us about their experiences being part of the seminar.

子どもの日 (Children’s Day in Japan)

With Children’s Day around the corner, we look into this event and why it came to be. It might just inspire a lesson or cultural point. 

ランドセル (Randoseru)

This month we look into this everyday item seen in schools. But are they just for students? Read to find out.

Hina Matsuri (Doll’s Festival)

Learn the traditions surrounding the Hina Matsuri and about a new app relating to this annual event.

My Nihongo Space: Japanese Sanctuary

In our second article of the ‘My Nihongo Space’ series, Tina Dawson sensei introduces her Japanese sanctuary. Her space is colourful, attractive, welcoming, and guarantees space for students’ peaceful learning time.

My Nihongo Space

We start the 2018 school year with a series called ‘My Nihongo Space’ to help inspire teachers to create a Japanese learning space at school. In our first article, Nathan Lane sensei introduces his Nihongo space.

Kanji of the Year 2017

Are you a kanji buff? We wrap up the year with the 2017 Kanji of the Year and why it was chosen.

The Sempai Return to School

For this issue of Senseis’ Voices, we talk with Ms Mariko Mizukami of St Andrews College Marayong in western Sydney.

Ainu ToyToy ようこそ

In June, the people of Western Australia were able to engage with Indigenous Japanese music and art by Mr Motoi Ogawa, otherwise known by his Ainu name of “ToyToy” which translates as “Earth soul”.

Intensive Seminar Participant Reflections, September 2017

The Japan Foundation, Sydney was pleased to host 24 participants at the Intensive Seminar for Teachers and Pre-Service Teachers from 25-28 September 2017.

UOW students bring languages back to their local high schools

The University of Wollongong’s Language Ambassadors into local high schools programme was designed to contribute towards building a bridge between secondary and tertiary education by connecting young Australians studying foreign languages.

What’s Happening in Japan? あたらしい PPAP

PIKOTARO, the Japanese comedian behind the viral Youtube clip ‘PPAP’, was approached by Minister Kishida of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan for help to produce a video clip using PPAP to inform the wider public about Sustainable Development Goals.

Japanese Rice

This photo depicts a scene in a Japanese village in May, a season referred to as ‘shoka’ (the beginnings of summer). This plant, of course, is rice. Rice crops were introduced to Japan from China around 3000 years ago and became the staple food of Japan.

A Farewell Message From Cathy Sensei

This month, with much appreciation and sadness we wish a heartfelt otsukare-sama and a very happy retirement to our longest-serving Japanese language guru, Cathy Jonak sensei.

Intensive Seminar Participant Reflections, January 2017

The Japan Foundation, Sydney was pleased to host 20 participants (17 teachers and 3 pre-service teachers) from Australia and New Zealand at the Intensive Seminar for Teachers and Pre-Service Teachers from 16-19 January 2017.

Valentine’s Day In Japan

Did you buy chocolates for Valentine’s Day? In Japan, women have long been known to buy honmei choko, or “true feeling chocolate” for men they show romantic interest in, and giri choko, or “obligatory chocolate” for male colleagues.

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Need help with the kanji?

Apps Rikai Kun or Rikai Chan (available for most browsers) can be used for discovering readings and English meanings.

Hiragana Megane can also be used for displaying furigana.

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