Tohoku Program from Japan at Radford

Tohoku Program from Japan at Radford

Tohoku Program from Japan at Radford

By Dianne Fitzpatrick, Head of LOTE Department

This March and April we welcome four students as part of the Tohoku Program and their Chaperone who works for Ashinaga in Japan. Ashinaga is an organisation similar to Red Cross in that it is involved in helping families and young people who were affected by the 2011 Earthquake/Tsunami in Japan, primarily in the Tohoku Region. I invited the students to write a couple of sentences about their experiences so far:

Kano Nagayama ? 16 years old (F):

I like Australia, because there is a lot of nature and it is beautiful. I have eaten lots of tasty food. I am having a good experience.

Natsuki Kanno ? 16 years old (F):

I like Australia because Canberra is a beautiful city and Australian people are kind. I want to spend more time here. When I go back I will miss my Australian friends.

Akihisa Yamada ? 15 years old (M):

I am happy to come to Australia because I can learn many things during my stay. I want to come back again. I will never forget my stay.

Toi Watanabe 14 years old (M):

I like my Host Family because they are very kind. I enjoy playing everyday with my Host Brother.

Chaperone ? Ms Kobayashi (F):

We are very glad to be here. The students from Tohoku are spending wonderful days with their lovely friends and their nice host families. This is the first time for them to go abroad. I would like to thank AJS, DFAT and Radford for giving the students a great opportunity to come to Canberra. I hope they have a great experience here. Thank you so much.

Mrs Fitzpatrick ? Head of LOTE:

During their two-week stay in Canberra the students attend regular classes at Radford in the morning with their Host Brother (Thomas Martiniello Y12) and their Host Sister (Sarah Brake Y9). In the afternoons they have a program of sightseeing and official appointments such as meeting Mary Porter MLA and the Japanese Ambassador, going to the zoo and being hosted by Questacon. During this program, DFAT arranged for the students to meet Julie Bishop MP (Minister for Foreign Affairs and Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party) when they attended an excursion to Parliament House. The program is sponsored by DFAT and the Australian Japan Society (Canberra Branch) and Radford is the Host School.

Tohuku students at Radford


Performance of Japanese Rakugo

Rakugo is the art of telling comical stories using only a fan and a hand towel as props. 'Sunshine' (the Rakugo Performer) is the only foreign performer of Rakugo in the world. Sunshine also spoke to the Year 11 Japanese class about his life and work in Japan. The students and staff thoroughly enjoyed his very comical performance.

A cross-curricular incursion with Year 11/12 Drama students combined with Year 11/12 Japanese students, attending a performance of Rakugo

A cross-curricular incursion with Year 11/12 Drama students combined with Year 11/12 Japanese students, attending a performance of Rakugo

It is Sunshine's first time in Australia and after performing in Sydney and Adelaide he was invited to come to Canberra to help raise funds for the Tohoku Program by the Australia Japan Society. He has kindly donated his time to come and perform in Canberra and while he is here, he is also performing at Radford College, St Clare's and Merici Colleges. The attached flyer outlines his public performance on Wednesday evening, 1 April, at the Manning Clark Theatre at ANU.

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