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Explore Japan

The program provides students studying the Japanese language in Alberta high schools the opportunity to interactively explore Japanese culture. Through a wide variety of activities facilitated by Japanese community members, the program enhances the understanding of Japanese culture by Alberta youth and promotes friendship and interest between Japan and Canada.

The event directly supports the learning required by the Alberta Education Japanese language curriculum and, therefore, is an invaluable experience for the students enrolled Japanese language programs taught in Alberta High schools.

Topic 1

Experience in Japan

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.

Topic 2

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.

Topic 3


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

Topic 4


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. Purikura will be set up so that studetns will also enjoy Purikura photos.

Topic 5

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 Karate 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.

Fun activities

After students experience these topics, they will enjoy fun activities:

Manga drawings, origami, yo-yo game, catching fish game, chopstick race and Break-out Box game.
Japanese snacks will be available.

& Time

To be determined


Institute for Innovation in Second Language Education
13750 Woodcroft Avenue, Edmonton T5M 3M4


  • Edmonton Japanese Community Association
  • Consulate General of Japan in Calgary
  • Alberta Education/Japan Foundation
  • Alberta Japanese Teachers Association
  • Edmonton Public School Board

Edmonton Japanese Community Association
6750 88 Street NWEdmonton, Alberta T6E 5H6

780-466-8166 / office@ejca.org
日本語メール: nihongo@ejca.org

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Monday: 9:30 am–12:30 pm
Wednesday: 9:30 am–12:30 pm
Friday: 3:30 pm–6:30 pm

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