SJA’s Japan Day 2020, which was set to take place on March 22 this year, has officially been postponed in light of the current coronavirus pandemic. We are working on future date and additional guidance around next steps. Please stay tuned and check us back again.
Basic Event Information Date: Sunday, March 22 Venue: Washington-Liberty High School 1301 N Stafford St, Arlington, VA 22201 Time: 2 to 5 pm
Looking for a unique holiday gift for someone special? Or would like to show appreciation toward a classroom teacher, a piano instructor, or staff/attendant at your condominium? How about some beautiful handmade origami crane earrings or a washi-decorated holiday greeting card? SJA’s handmade origami crafts will be for sale at the Holiday Bazaar at Washington-Liberty High School on Saturday, December 7. This annual bazaar will showcase a wide variety of craftsmanship and local talent in the community, ranging from knitwear to handmade jewelry to pottery. You will enjoy just visiting the event, but we would like you to stop by our table! All proceeds go toward supporting SJA programs and activities. Come find something unique for holiday gifts and support SJA at the same time!!
Origami crane earrings
Washi-decorated greeting cards
Origami ornaments and handmade Christmas tree shape ornaments
Presentation by University of Tsukuba at Washington-Liberty HS on 11/25
SJA hosts the second Japanese University Presentation on Monday November 25th at Washington-Liberty High School in Arlington.
University of Tsukuba, which has produced three Nobel Laureates, offers various degree programs in English, including International Social Science, International Medical Science, Global Issues, and Interdisciplinary Engineering. The university also launched the Japan-Expert Program in such areas as Agricultural Science, Healthcare, Art and Design, and Japanese Language. The admitted students will go through intensive six months of Japanese language study before diving into their selected fields.
The average admission fees for National Universities in Japan are about $2,800 and the tuition is about $5,400 per an academic year. The presentation includes the most recent policy trend and changes in Japan’s higher education concerning National Universities. The first part of presentation will be provided in Japanese and the second half in English. The event is free but the pre-registration is required.
Date: Monday, November 25 Time: 7:00-9:00 pm Location: Washington-Liberty High School (1st floor Little Theater) 7:00-7:45 pm Presentation/ Q&A in Japanese 8:00-8:45 pm Presentation/ Q&A in English 8:45-9:00 pm Closing
Parking Information Use school parking lot or nearest free street parking. If you park your car at the school parking lot, the nearest entrance is No. 5 door. Main entrance is No. 1. Little Theater is located at the middle of the first floor.
Learn about the Okayama University′s Discovery Program for Global Learners (a four year undergraduate program where the majority of courses are offered in English). A presentation by Associate Professor Takayuki Yoshioka of Discovery Program takes place on September 3rd at the Central Library with two 30 minutes-sessions; Japanese presentation from 7:45-8:15 pm and English from 8:15-8:45 pm. It’s free but registration is required in as seating is limited. *The registration closed for this event.
Date: Tuesday, September 3rd Time: 7:30-9 pm Location: Arlington Central Library (2nd floor Bluemont meeting room) It’s min walk from Virginia Square GMU Metro station.7:30-7:45 pm Check in 7:45-8:15 pm Presentation/ Q&A in Japanese 8:15-8:45 pm Presentation/ Q&A in English 8:45-9:00 pm Closing
Thank you everyone who volunteered, stopped by and shared your time and talent with us during Arlington County Fair this year. The SJA booth attracted many community members interested in the Japanese culture and the language. All the supporters and volunteers helped our booth lively and to be a wonderful display of SJA program offerings.
About score of American and Japanese students gathered at the Arlington Central Library Auditorium on July 30 for enriching cultural exchange experience. The evening program kicked off with “tanzaku” making using an elaborate washi paper kit brought by the Nagano student reporter delegation. Followed by fun games and “show and tell” of artistic skills presentation, the evening ended in high energy with the Macarena dance.
Read about what those Japanese students thought and perceived during their trip to Washington, D.C. and New York. The articles by the junior reporters published in the Shinano Mainichi Shimbun. Click here.
Students and volunteers gathered for the final SJA Adult Class for the 2019 Winter/Spring program last Sunday. They celebrated their friendships formed through learning Japanese together by engaging in various activities and games which were not only fun and interesting, but also served as a tool to test the students’ Japanese skills that they obtained through SJA classes in the past four months.
The “Chopstick (はし)” challenge brought out the competitive side of each student and some showcased their hidden talent in picking up candy by completing the task way before the bell rang. The “Karuta-tori” game challenged participants’ memories of hiragana characters, both in phonetic form and in shapes. While thriving to collect as many hiragana cards as possible, students helped each other find matching letter cards called out by Karen-sensei. The highlight of the night, however, was a special version of “Sugoroku,” a board game hand-made by Yoshimi Yoshida-sensei for this occasion. The game contained phrases learned in class, Japanese pop-culture quizzes, and other surprises. Each time a die was rolled, there was suspense, bursts of laughter, and a team collaboration which continued till the end.
Yoshimi-sensei gave a farewell to the class and SJA, as she embarks on her new journey to Egypt where her husband has been assigned a new diplomatic position. She wished students luck in their Japanese studies and urged them to become a part of the community across the globe connected through the love of Japanese language and culture.
The last class of SJA Winter/Spring Youth Program ended in a high note packed with fun activities of traditional Japanese games and a recap of basic phrases in Japanese. Students were introduced to centuries-old card game,”karuta （かるた）,” board game, “sugoroku （すごろく）,” and how to play paper/scissors/paper or “jan-ken-pon （じゃん、けん、ぽん）” and more. Through these hands-on activities, students enhanced their appreciation and understanding of vocabularies and rules of how to play those games. In addition, they enjoyed savory Japanese snacks to celebrate their journey of studying with SJA for the past four months.
Savory treat included “butter mochi” with coconut toppings hand made by student family and onigiri by a volunteer. They were absolutely delicious and definitely crowd-pleaser, serving as a wonderful introduction to rich Japanese food culture.
Karuta are Japanese playing cards. Playing cards were introduced to Japan by the Portuguese traders during the mid-16th century. These early decks were used for trick-taking games. Karuta, as it exists today, is the hybrid descendent of 12th century clam shells and 16th century Portuguese sailors. Karuta fully evolved from a foreign Portuguese import into a distinct Japanese custom, combining traditional kai-awase gameplay with the European paper card medium. Now there are numerous variety of karuta ranging from Tonarino Totoro theme, Hello Kitty designs to traditional poems.
Sugoroku is a Japanese board game which has become a tradition for kids to play during the New Year’s Day. The history of Sugoroku can be traced back to the 12th century. There are many variety of sugoroku with popular anime-themes, educational and fun-filled rules.
In Recognition of Students’ Hard Work and Love of Learning…
Each student received a certificate of achievement from Jennifer-sensei. Prior to the presentation, they learned a proper manner to receive a certificate. They mastered it so well and quickly. We are so proud of you!
Let’s study Japanese and learn about the culture of Japan!
Come join us for a free Japanese program this summer. The program will be offered on four Sundays in July and August, and will be comprised of Japanese language lessons for the first hour and various cultural activities for the latter half. The language instruction will be led by Jennifer Swanson-sensei, who has been teaching the SJA Youth Class for the past year. No prior training? Do not worry. Want to improve your hiragana or kanji skills? No problem! Jennifer and a team of volunteers will provide personalized instruction according to each student’s abilities and levels.
Cultural activities include origami, tea ceremony, kendama and more!
Any youth from elementary to high school students are welcome to attend. Bring your love of learning Japanese and the culture. You can sign up for any session.
Adult Class students demonstrated their hard work on Sunday, May 12 by making self-introductions in Japanese and also sharing their favorite parts of Japan and cultural elements they cherish. Each student took a challenge of making a presentation with a 5 minute time limit, and incorporated key Japanese phrases they learned through this Winter/Spring program:
Communicate your name, occupation, age, where you live, basics about your own family, hobbies and what you do on your day off
Introduce your favorite topic related to Japan.
In recognition of their achievement, each student was awarded with a certificate by Karen Tripp sensei. They also learned how to receive a certificate properly: with BOTH hands and a BOW!