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School Activity Report

Paper Products

We went to a town called Yame to have an experence for making some traditional paper products.

 
   
 
 
Here is a comment from our student;

“We went to a Japanese paper making workshop, where we learned how to make paper and decorate it using dried plants, leaves and flowers. I made two post cards and four bookmarks, which are great for souvenirs and gifts. There was a small museum to explore. Afterwards, we were able to enjoy a delicious, seasonal, traditional Japanese lunch, and some green tea ice cream. Yum! It was a really fun day.”

Hakata Tour

We visited Hakata Station area. There are a lot of traditional sightseeing area in this town although this is very close to the capital city of Fukuoka.

   
   
    
 
   
     
    

Here are comments from our school;

We participated in a walking tour around Fukuoka, specifically around the Hakata Station. It was my first time in Hakata, hence, I was really excited for the tour. The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable, telling us about the history of Fukuoka as she was leading us around. We went to various temples and shrines, and learnt the difference between shintoism and buddhism, temples and shrines.”

Fukuoka walking tour was very interesting and enjoyable. We visited the most famous shrines and temples in Hakata City and learned a lot about the history of Hakata and Fukuoka. In Hakata Folk Museum we saw a textile weaving demonstration. We walked through Kawabata Shopping avenue. There you can find cheaper clothing items, shoes, bags and many more accessories. In the area there are hundreds of shops, cafes, and restaurants to choose from. It is literally 1 min walk to Hakata Canal City shopping mall. Canal City has a lot to offer and is a very lively place with so much to see and do. Transportation around the city is very convenient with frequent trains and buses. I had a lovely day exploring!”

Ramen & Gyoza

We visited a place where you can make your own ramen and gyoza (dunplings). You begin with wheet to make outside of dumpling and noodle.

   
   
     
   
 

Here are the comments from our students;

” I eat ramen and gyoza all the time but I’ve never taken the time to make them from scratch.

During the activity, I was able to experience how intricate the process to create the noodles were. 

From now on when I eat ramen, I will have a deeper appreciation to the chef for the time they put into making the dish. “

 

On Wednesday we went to a Ramen and Gyoza making workshop at a popular Ramen restaurant. The workshop went for around 3 hours, and in that time we made, cooked and then ate our own Ramen noodles and Gyoza dumplings. We learned how to knead and roll the Ramen dough, and then how to cut the dough into noodles using a pasta making machine. We also learned how to roll the Gyoza dough into thin circles, and then fold the dough to make the Gyoza dumpling shape. It was a little tricky at times, but we had lots of help and the end result was absolutely delicious. It was a really fun day.”

Hanami

This is late information, but it is one of the Japanese customs in April. Hanai is an activity which Japanese people go out to watch cherry blossoms. They bloom only a couple of weeks. So Many Japanese people enjoy eating, drinking, singing, and talking under the tree.

   
 
   
 
     
 
Here is a comment from our student;

“We went to the Fukuoka Castle Ruins at Maizuru Park, to see the cherry blossoms in full bloom. The flowers were simply stunning, as I knew they would be. We had a picnic and a chat under the Sakura, before heading for a pleasant stroll through the park under the cherry blossoms, and through the castle ruins. We climbed to what was said to be the highest point of Fukuoka Castle, which provided a magnificent view of the cherry blossoms, as well as a clear view of the surrounding Fukuoka city. We also saw many traditional Japanese weddings, and children playing traditional Japanese drums. It was amazing to experience such a traditional Japanese Hanami, and very culturally educational.”

Girls’ Day 2

He have some more photos and comments here,

“For not having done arts and crafts in several years it was refreshing painting clay Hakata Ningyo(dolls). Wednesday morning started with an early test which was then followed by a quick 10-minute train ride to Hakata Station. Once we arrived we took a short 10 minute walk through Hakata until we arrived at the shop. I was extremely impressed as we walked in as there were hundreds of extremely well crafted and beautifully painted dolls. We began by choosing our own Doll, with options ranging from little clay girls, to ninjas, to large kimono wearing dolls. It took around 5 minutes to decide what paint we should use. If you’re bad at colour coordination like myself do not worry they still look decent at the end 😊. After a solid hour of painting we managed to learn several new colours and had our very own Hakata doll to take home. As for something I gained from this experience, it takes time and practice to become skilled.”

Hina-matsuri (Girl’s day)

We, Japnaese people traditionally like a lot of  different festivals. We often have some kinds of festival in somewhere in Japan each month. March one is one of the famous events here. It’s called “Hina-matsuri”. Matsuri means a festival. Hina came from a word “Hina-Ningyo” which generally is miniature dolls of the noble people in Heian ara in Japan. Parents having girls usually enjoy this event by display many different dolls with different things, such as musical instruments, lights, flowers etc. on steps. We visited a place where they make such dolls and experienced the painting on them.

 
 
Let’s read what one of them thought about this activity:

“We visited a place where we could try the Hakata doll painting. Every time I see Hakata dolls in exhibitions, museums, I am shocked how beautiful and lively they are.

At the painting house we could choose from different types of dolls and figures, this was not easy to choose among them, because all of them looked cute and nice. Finally I have chosen a doll which turned out to be one of the most complicated ones 🙂 I do not mind, I love doing handcraft pieces – sometimes also in my free time I fold origami, make some painting or drawing.

I think also the boys enjoyed painting the dolls, but definitely it is a program rather suitable for ladies and girls. I have also decided if there will be friends visiting us in Fukuoka from Hungary, I will bring them to this place so they will also have a chance to create a personalized Hakata doll.

Thank your for this activity, it was really great! And I am a little sad, because that was my last activity with the school and I enjoyed all of them – I will miss it for sure.”

A Countryside

We visited a countryside called Itoshima close to the sea. You can enjoy some seafood (especially oysters this time of the year) and Sake although it is a small town.

   
    

Here is a comment from our student;

“After meeting at Tenjin station with the classmates and our teachers, we took the bus to Itoshima and the first stop was by a kakigoya. For me this was the second time visiting kakigoya and it is always a superb experience! Sitting around the grill table and preparing the food together is great, we had some nice chats meanwhile. Partially in English, partially in Japanese. We learnt about each others’ culture and interesting facts.

After lunch we stopped by a German style shop where we could taste some sausages, hams and patés. I found this place very much like home – we eat the same kinds of sausages and meat products like in this shop. I also bought some samples because they really bring me back the taste of home and Hungary.

Afterwards we went further to visit a sake manufacture, where we had the chance to taste different types of sakes, even some special flavoured ones – there was chocolate, strawberry and plum sake among their selection. I have never seen these types before. They not only produce sake, but also home-made beer, which cannot be found by any corner. A very funny experience reached me here: there was a bath filled with sake, and you could put your hands in it to warm it up. Basically it was a hand sake onsen! This was great fun! Japanese ladies were sitting there, warming up their hands and they were very much interested about where we are from.

Our last visit was on an egg farm, where traditional sweets were produced, plus we found a lovely grocery shop with local products and special elements. It is great to see in Japan there is a respect towards local products which can be found only in farms. This kind of mentality is close to my mind.

We went back to the bus, everyone got sleepy because of the great experiences, the wonderful dishes and the good company. It was a superb daily trip where we again had the opportunity to get closer the Japanese culture and get to know more about Kyushu.

I especially would like to thank you that my partner, Robert could also join this trip – he also had a good time and had fun with my classmates.

Thanks again and if anyone asks, I just can offer Itoshima as a destination for a daily trip – I always enjoy the seaside and the culinary experience there.”

Yusentei Part 2

Here are some more photos and a comment.

I just loved this activity!! We went to yusentei park and luckily it was a sunny day! The park was amazing and I learned a lot about Japanese culture. Our sensei was great, she explained everything and she made use try matcha tea! We also partecipate to a wedding photo shooting. I really think these activities are amazing! They make students understand and love more Japanese culture and its beauty!! Thank you so much for this experience!!

Yusentei-A Japanese Garden

We visited a traditional Japanese garden and a tea house in Fukuoka.

 
     
Here is a comment from one of our students;

” We visited the Yusentei Koen which was again, after the washi making activity, a great occasion and daily trip. Yusentei Koen was bulit in 1754 as a summer castle and resort of Kuroda Tsugutaka, the 6th lord of the Kuroda Clan. The building itself is also gorgeous, however, I especially liked the park surrounding it. For me, Japanese gardens, parks and forests really show the specialty of the Japanese culture – and also this time I was more than impressed.

Walking around the garden I could enjoy the morning feeling of the park, no other visitors were there at that time yet. The goldfish were just waking up and were looking for the morning sun. We also bought some fish food to feed them – I hope they had a great breakfast 🙂

We also went inside the castle building and could enjoy the matcha tea with some Japanese sweets. It is great how the bitterness of the tea balances the sweet of the desserts. I just love it! Sitting on the tatami in the tea house, we occasionally found ourselves on a wedding photo shooting. The young man was wearing black and white elegant dress, and the bride was in a fantastic white kimono. I have never seen Japanese wedding couple before, so it was really a first time experience for me.

With Noriko san and the boys we had a good time at Yusentei Koen, I am sure I will go back with my partner there soon. I was happy to use the couple of words and sentences which I already know in Japanese.

I am looking forward to the next activity as well, and thank you very much again for organizing these trips!

 

Thank you!

 

Lilla Mate

 

 

Yame

We visited a city called “Yame” in the south part of Fukuoka. There is a museum of Japanese traditional crafts. You can have an experience of making “Wa-shi” (Japanese old style paper) . Our students made a fan themselves. You can see the proffesional works in the museum upstairs.

   
     
 
     
   
This is a comment from our student;

The trip to Kurume/Yame was very well organized and the washi making program was awesome at the handcraft centre. This was a good opportunity to look into Japanese culture and to understand a part of it more. The staff there was very helpful, it was real fun creating the washi souvenirs by myself. Upstairs we also walked around the museum part, pieces were presented in a very nice way.

Our teacher was very helpful and kind during the whole day, during the trip on the train and the bus she was teaching me some practical words in Japanese, and gave me great recommendations for traveling around Kyushu.

 I think it is a great idea to organize these activities for the students on Wednesdays, this gives extra energy and enthusiasm for learning Japanese language. Also in the upcoming weeks, I am very happy to join these trips!”

 

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