Session 2 - Shodo

Session 3 - Ningyou

Session 4 - Haiku

Session 5 - Sushi

Session 6 - Japanese Visitors


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Hooray! Sharon Sensei is back...

... this time to give a taste of Japan to some

of our older students.

We are expecting some Japanese visitors

so we need to learn how to welcome them

and introduce ourselves...


Showing respect with a Japanese bow...


"Watashi no namae wa Sharon Sensei desu".

We discovered that an "O" with a line on top means a long-sounding O.


"Konnichi wa".

We must remember that when there is a double letter in

a word like the "nn" in konnichi wa, both letters are spoken


We had some tastes of Japan....



The Japanese currency is the Yen.

Yen means "circle".


Why do the coins have holes in them?

In 708 when Japan began minting its own coins, the first ones used were bronze.

They had holes in them (as did Chinese coins) so they could be carried on a string

around the neck to keep them safe. Coins with holes in are much cheaper to

mint and are more difficult to counterfeit.

More Yen banknotes here

A Japanese reader for Primary School children. The book is read from

back to front and each page is read from right to left.

The characters are read top to bottom down each column.

Japanese is written with a mixture of hiragana, katakana and kanji.

In Hiragana each character represents a specific sound.


Katakana is another way of writing hiragana sounds, usually used for

foreign words.


Kanji is 2,000 years old and came from China. Each character has

a specific meaning. Kanji is more difficult to write and students learn

to write Hiragana and Katakana first.

kanji charcters

Click hereto see the difference.



All Japanese children play kendama. The toy has a ball on a string and two

different sized cups on a spiked handle. The aim is to swing the ball and catch

in the bigger cup (easier), then the smaller cup (trickier) then on the spike (very

tricky!). The game was played in ancient times to teach eye-hand coordination

for hunting.

kendama names
kendame step1

Tips for Beginners here


Sharon sensei lived in Hiroshima and showed postcards of the Peace Park.

The Peace Park is a memorial to all the Japanese people killed by an

atomic bomb in World War 2.


Click The Kids Peace Station to discover more about Hiroshima.Read about a young girl Sadako who was one of the many children who suffered

and died because of the atomic bomb. Her courage in the face of her cancer and

determination to fold 1,000 paper cranes to be granted a wish has been an inspiration

to many people all over the world.


How to fold a paper crane here

A Taste of Japan for Younger Students