Adult Class – Final Presentations Well Done!

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.
Yoshimi Yoshida sensei told the class that she was “very generous” with her rule of limiting the time to five minutes.
Jennifer Swanson sensei appeared as a special guest. She teaches the SJA Youth Class.

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!


Bonus Gift!

Youth Class: Sakura saku ondo

Another fun class with Jennifer-sensei! We learned how to order at a restaurant and practiced Sakura Saku Ondo or a Japanese folk dance!

At restaurant. We learned how to order food and how many. Key phrases are:

  • 〇〇をください。(〇〇 o kudasai. = 〇〇, please.)
  • 〇〇と△△をください。(〇〇 to △△ o kudasai. = 〇〇 and △△, please.)
  • 1つ(Hitotsu)、2つ(Futatsu)、3つ(Mittsu)、4つ(Yottsu)、5つ(Itsutsu)…. 
  • ドーナッツを2つください。(Doonattsu o futatsu kudasai. = Two donuts, please.)

Order donuts with Erin. Check out how Erin orders her donuts

Just like cherry trees! Dancing Sakura saku ondo

桜咲く音頭 (Sakura Saku Ondo).  We also practiced Sakura Saku Ondo or Blooming Cherry Dance with Satoko-sensei. This will be a finale of the Japan Day on March 31. Do you want to dance like cherry blossoms? Check out the music video

Resources – Japanese e-Learning Minato : This is a free website offered by Japan Foundation and so much fun! Self-study courses range from Hiragana to Japanese in anime&manga! Sign up for the website, and you are ready to go. 

Youth Class Update: Learning Something New and Fun!

Youth Class learned about cultural event, “Hinamatsuri” and enjoyed practicing phrases from the popular long-run animation series. IMG_5239
☆What’s ひなまつり(Hinamatsuri)? It’s a Doll Festival (or Girl Festival) in Japan on March 3rd to pray for the happiness and growth of girls.
雛人形 (Hina ningyo = Hina dolls)・お内裏様 (Odairi-sama = the emperor)・ お雛様 (Ohina-sama = the empress)・ ひな壇 (Hinadan = Platform for Hina dolls)
サザエさん (Sazae-san) ひな祭りの人気者 (Hinamatsuri’s popular person)
◉Helpful links◉
☆Have you already checked this website? JF Japanese e-Learning Minato :
On this website, now you can take some Hiragana self-study course, Japanese in anime&manga self-study course, etc and it’s all free! All you need is just to sign up for the website.

Japan Day 2019

First of its kind in Arlington County

“Japan Day” is a one-day culture event with hands-on experiences of Japanese arts, food and music. It features live performances and demonstrations such as Kendama, Origami, Karate, tea ceremonies, cosplay, and anime. Collaborating with local Japanese businesses, information booths showcase world-class technologies and engineering as well as Japanese culinary culture. Promoting Japanese language among high school students, it provides Japanese study help. The event also commemorates a newly formed sister school relationship between the Arlington Career Center and the Engei High School of Setagaya, Tokyo. The event is endorsed by the Embassy of Japan.

The event will feature live performances such as Okinawa Eisaa (drum and dance), jumbo calligraphy demonstrations, Kendama performances, and more!

We are also excited and honored to welcome representatives from Tokyo Engei High School to celebrate a newly formed sister-school relationship between the Arlington Career Center and Tokyo Metropolitan Engei High School.

Program & Activities

Event Location

Arlington Career Center

816 S. Walter Reed Dr., Arlington, VA 22204

Parking space is limited. Please consider carpooling or taking Metro Bus 10B, which runs on Sundays from Ballston Metro station. The bus stop is 1 minute away and the ride takes about 14 minutes.