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Explore Japan

The program provides an opportunity for Grade 10 students in the greater Edmonton area who start Japanese Language program to explore Japanese culture at first hand. Through a variety of activities facilitated by Japanese community members, the program will enhance the understanding of Japanese culture by the Edmonton youth and promote friendship between Japan and Canada. High school Japanese programs will greatly benefit by participating in the event.


Japanese Modern Life

A University student who lived in Japan as an exchange student discusses his/her experience in Japan using slide pictures. He/she will talk about modern Japan, technology, life styles particularly of young people, and opportunities of exchange programs to visit Japan.

Tea Ceremony

In a room with tearoom settings, students will learn about a tea ceremony by demonstrations and workshops. Then, Japanese sweets and tea will be served to all while they learn/try Japanese manners.


After introducing professional calligraphies displayed on the wall, the presenters explain calligraphy and tools. Students practice a few kanji and own name using samples.

Kimono and Manga

All students will try on Yukata (casual summer Kimono). Spots with Japanese shoji screens and cherry blossom trees are set for photo shooting. Traditional Japanese music will be played as background sound. Students will enjoy trial of Manga drawing using manga drawing tutorials. At the end of the day, a few best drawings will be selected for awards.

Karate and Taiko workshop

Taiko workshop: Presenters explain about Taiko, then, demonstrate key techniques. All students will have a turn for drumming a Taiko.

Karate workshop: Instructors guide students into the "Karate world" including trials.

Both Taiko and Karate demonstrate the Japanese way of behavior, i.e. politeness, concentration, and respect. Students will be introduced to these values while they enjoy practicing Taiko and Karate.

Dates and Times

November 1 and November 2, 2016. It is a one-day program. The same program will be repeated on these days.


The Institute of Innovation in Second Language Education (iisle) at Woodcroft School, 13750 Woodcroft Avenue, Edmonton

Organizing Committee Members

Edmonton Japanese Community Association

Consulate General of Japan in Calgary

Alberta Education/Japan Foundation

Institute for Innovation in Second Language Education at Edmonton Public Schools

Alberta Japanese Teachers Association


Report of the Explore Japan 2016 held on November 1and 2, 2016 Explore Japan 2016

Report of the Explore Japan 2015 held on November 3 and 4, 2015 Explore Japan 2015

Report of the Explore Japan 2014 held on November 4 and 5, 2014 Explore Japan 2014

Report of the Explore Japan 2013 held on November 5 and 6, 2013 Explore Japan 2013

Report of the Explore Japan 2012 held on November 6 and 7, 2012 Explore Japan 2012

Report of the Explore Japan 2011 held on November 1 and 2, 2011 Explore Japan 2011

Report of the Explore Japan 2010 held on October 26, 2010 Explore Japan 2010

For more information, please e-mail to or call 780-466-8166

Modern Life


Tea and Flower