In the week of September 22-26 Seiritsu School hosted twelve Australian schoolboys, from Cranbrook School in Sydney, and gave them a taste of life and culture in Japan.
For many of the students, aged 14 and 15, it was their first time coming to Japan, so Seiritsu made sure that our guests could get hands-on experience with some of Japan’s most famous creative activities, as well as help our students prepare for the Seiritsu culture festival.
On Monday, they were given a tour of the School and took part in a Manga drawing class taught by professional Manga Artist Atsuhisa Okura. He showed them how to draw in a manga style, and how to measure different proportions of people. He also drew caricatures of the students and their teachers !
From Wednesday to Friday, the Australian boys also joined in with Japanese homerooms, making new friends and working together to make stalls for our ‘bunkasai’ (culture festival). Of course they were given a really warm welcome and soon got involved alongside their new Japanese friends.
Shodo was taught by Mauro Sensei on Wednesday; everyone was impressed with his enthusiasm and energetic character, and really enjoyed his class! We worked through the kinds of strokes used in shodo, and practiced some basic characters. Some of the boys already do shodo in Australia, so it was a good chance to show Mauro Sensei their skills!
The group also made (and ate!) a traditional Japanese meal on Thursday, making yellowtail teriyaki, miso soup, green beans in sesame, as well as a sweet riceball desert. It was delicious!
Finally, the group took part in a Karate class taught by Brent and Peter, before saying goodbye to Seiritsu school and moving on in their tour of Japan.
Everyone looked like they had a good time, and it was great to have them here. We hope that they will come again!