Culture Festival, Day 1

One of the big events in the Japanese school calendar is the school / culture festival.  This is a great time for students to showcase what they’ve been working on in school and apply what they’ve learned.  Some schools build robots and make games for the people who attend.  At my school there are a few staple events.

We all spend the first day in the gym watching different performances.  This year the opening ceremony was particularly cool as it employed projection mapping.  I didn’t get very good videos or pictures of the projection mapping, but I did manage to get a few.

Then we watched the taiko club.

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Then there were a few speeches in English and Japanese followed by a presentation from the calculation club.  That’s right, we had a calculation club.  The club even goes to competitions and there are calculation tournaments.

Our two student MCs provided commentary while we watched students use calculators and abacuses.

Our two student MCs provided commentary while we watched students use calculators and abacuses.

The calculation club.  Look at them...calculating?

The calculation club. Look at them…calculating?

After the girls gave us a demonstration, they chose some volunteers to come up and try to compete against them.  That part, at least, was funny.

Next, the students in the music elective class gave us a handbell performance.

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Next was the band.

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After that was the dance performance.

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Last, but definitely not least, was the fashion show.  All of these dresses are designed and made by the girls wearing them.  The students meet with a model consultant in the weeks leading up to the performance.  The consultant teaches them out to walk down the runway and works with them to figure out the best poses for their dresses.

And that was the end of day one.

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