Nakama Spring 2020
Ft. Hayes Arts and Academic HS Japanese Program
What a CRAZY year!!
Wow what a crazy year!
None of us could have predicted the craziness that was ahead of us! I truly believe what does not break us makes us stronger. We will all come out of this for the better!
This year I taught Levels 1 -5. It is always bitter sweet to see students I've taught for 4 or 5 years graduate and this year brought about another level of sadness as we did not get to end the school year as we usually do. I hope that once it is safe we can all get together for dinner or lunch at a Japanese restaurant!
Let's take a look at all we were able to accomplish this year! For part of each class we went desk less -something I had read about and heard other teachers have success with but wondered if it would work in our classroom. And guess what? It did! I was amazed at how much more speaking occurred as a result! Our goal is to stay in the target language 90% of the time and we came pretty darn close to that goal. I'm so proud the students!
Three students (Jahsenah Baron, Christina Booker and Jakeiah Roy) represented Fort Hayes in the Second annual Ohio Japan Bowl and brought home a 3rd place win!! They worked so hard and put in many hours of preparation.
We also had our yearly presentation by JASCO executive director Dr. Benjamin Pachter. This year he discussed the various directions the knowledge of Japanese can take you in your future. Japanese should be looked at as a job skill instead of a class you took in high school! That was pretty eye-opening advice!!
This summer I am looking forward to recharging and spending time with my kids as we navigate Covid-19. It is an odd summer for sure but I welcome the calm for a bit! I am also getting ready for next school year by participating in various online discussions and classes so that whatever next year may look like I will be ready!!
Stay safe & Rest up! "See" you in the fall!
The Paper Crane Project
NSO took 1,000 paper cranes to the Children's Peace Monument in Hiroshima during their Asian Tour. Fort Hayes students folded and donated over 100 cranes to the project..
What is your favorite Japanese Snack?
They are not rare to find in shops in America. You can spot them easily with their packaging featuring Koala’s. It’s a simple bite-sized cookie snack with a chocolate filling.
Yukimi Daifuku is Lotte’s take on a traditional dessert, it is a vanilla ice cream ball wrapped in a thin layer of mochi.
Kit Kat Matcha
No explanation needed! A marvelous matcha flavor kit kat, if you haven’t tried yet, you should try it asap!
Thousands of Ohio students study Japanese
K-12 Schools in Central Ohio Offering Japanese
Ohio Colleges/Universities offering Japanese
Reference of Universities Offering Japanese Courses (in Japanese)
The 2nd Annual Ohio Japan Bowl
What makes the Japan Bowl unique is that it goes beyond language and asks students about their knowledge of Japanese culture, society, daily life, history, geography, and current events. Participants compete as members of 3-person teams, based on how many years they have studied Japanese.
Japan Bowl participants say they hope to have a “Japan connection” in their adult lives, whether in business, academia, the arts, or public service. No matter which profession they choose, the knowledge and skills they acquired as Japan Bowl competitors will help them become future leaders in the US relationship with Japan.
Jakeiah Roy, Christina Booker and Jahsenah Baron bring home 3rd place!!
JASCO June Cooking Class
Friday, June 12th, 6pm
This is an online event.
- JASCO Member – $10.00
- Non- JASCO member – $15.00
Number one single in Japan!
- Release date: May 20, 2020
- Universal Music
- "Meteorite Family" theme song
- RSS readers! Do you know what they are? Basically, an RSS reader lets you subscribe to websites so that whenever they update with new content, you’ll get it sent directly to your reader. This means, you can read all your favorite blogs in one place! Check these out: PinkTentacle, WhatJapanThinks and JapanSoc.
- Blogs!! -Read some like: Koichiben.com
- Review!! Check out http://www.guidetojapanese.org/learn/