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Middle School Multicultural Day
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On the 25th and 27th of March, the middle school Japanese and Spanish classes came together to share and talk about the different cultures in the world.

 

Middle School Multicultural Day

Words by Ellie McGuire; Videography by Hajime Katayama

There are many different types of ethnicities and cultures in the world to this day. Although there are many that may seem similar, there can be many differences that contribute to why a certain culture might be so unique and special to a certain place or group of people. HIS is a school that houses students of many different cultures, so they take care in making sure everyone feels welcome and respected no matter where they came from. To celebrate our differences and highlight the vast and intriguing world we live in, the middle school Japanese and Spanish class students made presentations about their own cultures and the many types of activities they do to celebrate it.

Japanese Class

Japan is a very unique country as it has aspects to it that differs it from other countries around the world. One of these things might be the fact that the language the people speak (Japanese) have different dialects and often has distinct traditions depending on where you live. In order to highlight these facts about Japan, students in the Japanese class decided to present about the many different traditions people can experience while visiting Japan. Some of these activities included the Snow Festival, Hanami (the act of watching the cherry blossoms), Hinamatsuri (Doll's Day), Kodomo no Hi (Children's Day), and many more. Most of the presentations talked about the history behind the tradition, the meaning it holds, and the different objects or foods that might be involved in the celebration. These three things gave an insightful meaning to the traditions of Japan and might have opened some people's eyes to the diversity Japan has.

Although many students had reported they felt nervous to talk in front of a crowd, it was seen that everyone had performed naturally with confidence. The atmosphere of the room felt relaxing and the students watching the presentation said that they felt interested in the many activities that were being listed. Furthermore, certain students who had just moved to Japan or had only lived here for a short while had claimed that they didn't know about these traditions and these presentations were a good "eye-opener" into learning more about Japan.

Spanish Class

While Japan is the only country with Japanese as their native language, there are many different countries in the world that speak Spanish, or Español. Countries such as Spain, Chile, Paraguay, Colombia, Argentina, and many more in Latin America speak the same language, but they have very different traditions and cultures. To emphasize the difference between these countries, the students in the Spanish class decided to take an activity from different countries and share it with the Japanese class. Among these activities were traditions such as Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), Cinco de Mayo, Las Fallas (Festival of Fire), La Corrida de Toros (Bullfight), and many more. Similar to the Japanese class presentations, they used a format of history, meaning/importance, and celebration to talk about their topic. It was fun to learn about the origins and where these traditions came from, especially because one tradition from one country could also be celebrated in another. The presentations were helpful in differing the different types of Spanish traditions we might hear in our day-to-day lives.

Compared to the Japanese students, most of the Spanish class claimed they were ready to present and "ace the test". Others who had observed the presentation had said that it was fun to watch the students talk about the tradition they chose as it showed how much work and care they put into making sure that no fact was wrong. The energy was upbeat with presenters and observers having a good time while cracking jokes once in a while. It's seen that the middle school multicultural week was a success with students containing new information on traditions and cultures they might have not even existed.

While the middle school multicultural week has ended, the high school presentations are peaking around the corner in suspense. Informing each other about culture is really important in HIS, as our diversity is an important aspect of our community. On the 25th and 29th of March, the high school Japanese and Spanish classes will take their turns in presenting about the different types of cultures they had researched about, so keep on the lookout for more news!

A link to all the presentations our middle school students created: JPSP - Google Drive

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