Youkoso - Welcome!

A Taste of Japan for Older Students click here

Session 2 - Calligraphy

Session 3 - Ikebana

Session 4 - Haiku

Session 5 - Okonomiyaki

Session 6 - Sumo and Fukuwarai

Session 7 - Zen Gardens

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Hinomaru - "circle of the sun"

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Explore Japan
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Nihon - JapanLanguage

Konnichi wa! Join the Juniors and teacher Sharon-san as they tackle the beautiful art of origami and learn their first few words of Japanese along the way.

Origami is the Japanese word for paper folding. ORI means to fold and KAMI means paper. There's more to a fold than meets the eye - folds are

mountains and valleys in disguise...

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Source:www.origami-fun.com

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How to Make an Origami Box

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How to Fold a Paper Crane
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The Story of Sadako

"I will write "peace" on your wings, and you will fly all over the world...

"Let there be peace on Earth. Let it begin with me..." - Sadako Sasaki

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Source:awesometalks.wordpress.com
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Source:www.activityvillage.co.uk
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Heiwa - Peace
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Sadako Sasaki lived in Hiroshima, in Japan.

In 1945, when she was two year's old, the atomic bomb was

dropped near her home. She and her family managed to escape,

although her grandmother ran back to fetch something from their

house and was never seen again.

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At school Sadako a very good runner. Her class was very proud

of her running skills. But it was during a running race that she first

fell ill, when she was 11 year's old. Her illness was a cancer caused

by radiation because of the atom bomb.

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Her family was told that she would have less than one year to live..

An old Japanese legend says that if you fold 1000 origami cranes,

you will be granted a wish.The crane is a Japanese symbol of long

life. Sadako's wish was to get better and live in a world at peace, not

a world at war.

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Sadako used whatever paper she could find - newspaper,

medicine and scraps of wrapping paper from get well gifts.

She folded and folded but she only managed to fold just over 600.

She never gave up and was brave and cheerful to the end.

In October 1955 she died, peacefully, in the hospital.

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The children in her class were very sad and decided to raise money

for a special memorial for Sadako and other children who had died

because of the atomic bomb.

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The money was used to build the Children's Peace Monument in

Hiroshima. It has a statue of Sadako on the top, as well as an origami crane.

At the bottom of the statue is a message from the children...


"This is our cry. This is our prayer. Peace in the world."

Every year, thousands of children come to the memorial and leave

their own folded origami cranes in memory of children who have died

because of war, and as a prayer for peace.

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Source:gracesjapanesetrip.blogspot.co.nz


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