JAPANESE LESSONS

JAPANESE LESSONS

Japanese Lessons
The Transition Year students are currently completing a Japanese module with Aoi Sasaki-Deegan. Every Wednesday the school transforms as Aoi glides into Colaiste Eoin and takes the students on a magical journey through Japanese culture. The students are looking at Japanese writing. Japanese is written with a combination of three scripts: hiragana, derived from the Chinese cursive script, katakana, derived as shorthand from Chinese characters, and kanji, imported from China. The class is learning how to write the letters and how to pronounce them. They are also very excited to be completing an Origami module. Origami (折り紙, from ori meaning “folding”, and kami meaning “paper” (kami changes to gami due to rendaku)) is the art of paper folding, which is often associated with Japanese culture. In modern usage, the word “origami” is used as an inclusive term for all folding practices, regardless of their culture of origin. The goal is to transform a flat sheet square of paper into a finished sculpture through folding and sculpting techniques. Some of the creations to date have been spectacular.
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Liz Farrell
Liz Farrell