New Year Culture Day – January 13

Akemashite omedetou gozaimasu!
Happy New Year!

Hope you all had a wonderful holiday season
School resumes Saturday, January 6th

January 13 will be our New Year Culture Day at Sakura Gakuen. This is a fun and exciting event for the students to learn about and enjoy some of the Oshōgatsu, Japanese New Year, traditions and activities this is held during normal school hours (9:00am – 12:30pm)
We will meet in rooms #1-4 in the main church building. Please do not have your students go to their regular class room. The students can leave their text books at home, as our wonderful Sensei have planned a day full of Japanese New Years activities and fun!

Some of the activities include:

Mochitsuki, traditional rice pounding to make mochi (rice cakes).

Kakizome, Japanese calligraphy with shodo sets – please have your child wear DARK CLOTHING (or clothing they don’t mind staining) as the black ink will stain.

Fukuwarai “Lucky Laugh” – similar to pin the tail on the donkey, but will face parts on a blank face.

And eating…
Ozoni – Traditional new year’s soup

We’ll have other activities and crafts but we’ll keep them as a surprise. 🙂

If you have any Japanese New Year decorations or items that we could display for the students to see, please bring them! Examples – Kasane/Kagami mochi, kadomatsu/matsu-kazari, kumade, hagoitas, etc.

Parents are encouraged to join us for a cultural experience that makes this school unique.

Please emphasize to your child that though this is a fun-filled event, they will be expected to respect their Sensei, volunteers, peers, and church members and affiliates.

If you have any questions, please contact your child’s Sensei, myself, or any PTC member.

We are looking forward to a great 2015 Culture Day!

Fukubukuro – another fun New Year custom
A Canadian's perspective on the custom