Setsubun Language Table

Today was the second Language Table of the semester. As February 3rd is Setsubun, we had a Setsubun theme! Setsubun is celebrated by throwing dry beans at “oni” (demons) to keep away bad luck. Ehomaki (lucky maki rolls) are eaten facing this year’s lucky direction. For 2019, the lucky direction is east-northeast!

Student Council President Hazel Simpson explained the Setsubun tradition to everyone. Jiaming and Shuu volunteered to be the oni!

Kansaiben Lecture for Spring Students

Today was the first Kansaiben Lecture for spring semester! As always, Nishimata-sensei from KCJS taught our spring students the ins and outs of Kansaiben.

It’s not uncommon for our host families to speak in Kansaiben, so take the opportunity to practice with them!

Sweets Making Workshop

Students went on a field trip to the wagashi (traditional Japanese sweets) shop Oimatsu to attend a sweets making workshop!

They learned how to knead the dough made from sweet beans into traditional flower shapes, and even made a few original designs!

Afterwards, everyone ate their creations with matcha green tea. Yum!