Students given a ‘taste of Japan’

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE Embassy of Japan is conducting a programme with three secondary schools in the sultanate to better familiarise students with the country.

Students will be given a “taster session” where they will go through an introductory course on Japanese language and culture.

The first session was held yesterday at Sufri Bolkiah Secondary School in Tutong with more than 20 Year Nine students attending.

It was conducted by two Universiti Brunei Darussalam Japanese language lecturers, Sakuya Homma and Yuki Akita.

In an interview, Junko Kurihara, first secretary at the Embassy of Japan in Brunei, said the programme aims to spread the language and culture of Japan amongst students, develop their communication skills in Japanese and enhance the relationship and understanding between Brunei and Japan.

“This programme is a good opportunity for the students to learn (our culture) and build an understanding between the two countries,” said Kurihara, adding that another school is scheduled to receive the session next year.

The hour-and-a-half session yesterday saw the lecturers teaching the students how to give greetings and introduce themselves in Japanese.

The students were also given an explanation and quiz on Japanese culture as well as taught how to write their names with the Japanese Katakana characters.

Speaking to The Brunei Times, one of the students, Nurhaliza Abd Nasir, said she enjoyed the session, describing it as fun and interesting.

“I particularly enjoyed learning the basics on how to speak to someone in Japanese,” she said, adding that she is interested in learning more about the language.

Another student, Raihanah Aliyah Almasri, said after the session that she wants to learn more about Japanese language and culture as she found it interesting.

“I found this session great and a good opportunity for me to learn a new language. This is an added advantage for me if I were to go to Japan as it would allow me to speak with them more freely,” said Raihanah, adding that she was happy to learn how to write her name in Katakana.

Education officer Norhayati Ummi Juriyah Hj Yunos said the session was conducted smoothly and efficiently despite having only a short amount of time.

“I think this is a very good session for our students as it exposes them to the Japanese language. Some may not have any experience with it and this could be the first step for them to gain interest in it.”

The programme will be conducted at Sayyidina Husain Secondary School on September 22 and Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha Secondary School in Tutong on September 24.

The Brunei Times