Online Japan Today
Experience & Learn Japanese Culture
January - March 2021
Since 2002 the Edmonton Japanese Community Association (EJCA) has offered a school program Japan Today, at our centre or at the schools. We have designed it as a supplement to the Japan module of the Grade 8 Social Studies curriculum in Alberta. Now, thanks to support from the Japan Foundation, we are able to offer selected presentations to Grade 8 students—for a limited time only, from January to March, 2021—free of charge, in a pandemic-friendly online format.
We offer three presentations, Japanese language, Social Studies and Origami. Our Japanese instructors will present each topic with a PowerPoint slideshow and video clips including an interactive activity for the students. The presentations invite the students on a short virtual trip to the Japanese culture: a unique, fun experience. We hope that this program will stimulate their interest in Japan and help them understand it better.
Students will be introduced to the Japanese language system. They will learn several simple greeting words, such as konnichiwa, answer quizzes, and how to write their names in katakana (Mary ⇒ メアリー). Students’ names in katakana will be emailed to the teacher beforehand.
The slideshow presents the following topics: Please select one plan.
A Japanese presenter narrates. The short quiz will be a fun challenge.
Students will create two origami works (kabuto: samurai helmet and balloon) with step-by-step instructions, culminating in the moment when two-dimensional paper becomes a three-dimensional object. Origami paper will be delivered to the school beforehand.
Date and Time
30 minutes per session
Monday to Friday, from January 15 to March 31, 2021
9:00-9:30; 9:45-10:15; 10:30-11:00; 11:15-11:45
1:00-1:30; 1:45-2:15; 2:30-3:00
For exact time schedules, please refer to the calendar at the end of this page.
The start and end times can be flexible, so long as
there is no conflict with other booking already made.
Maximum 30 students
January-March, 60 times only
An online connection will be established between the teacher’s and the instructor’s computers. Three views will be shared on the computer screen and can be projected on an available smartboard: the students in class as a whole; the instructor; the presentation slides.
Calendar (January - March 2021)
Sponsored by Japan Foundation in Toronto