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Experience & Learn Japanese Culture   

January - March 2021

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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.

Japanese Language

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.

Social Studies

The slideshow presents the following topics: Please select one plan.

Plan A (30 min.): geography; Japan’s history;

Plan B (30 min.): advanced technology; contemporary life; students’ life;

Plan C (40 min.): includes all topics from Plans A and B.

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. 

Group size

Maximum 30 students

Fee:     Free

January-March,    60 times only 

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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.


  • Please choose one or multiple presentations for your class. 
  • We are limited to 60 presentations in total. Basically, applications will be  accepted on a first come/first served basis until the bookings reach 60. Depending on the number of applications we receive, we may have to limit the number of booking to 3 presentations per school.
  • Please submit your application by e-mail to japan.today@ejca.org at least two weeks prior to the date you desire. We will send you a confirmation email.
  • Contact Yukiko Nagakura at japan.today@ejca.org for any questions or specific requests.

Calendar  (January - March 2021)

Application Form

Sponsored by Japan Foundation in Toronto 

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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Office hours

Closed due to COVID-19 measures

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

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