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Experience & Learn Japanese Culture


April - June 2021

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Starting on May 3, we are also offering the Social Studies presentation via Google Meet for schools which must do at-home learning during the mandatory restrictions in effect.

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 April to June, 2021—free of charge, in a pandemic-friendly online format.

We offer three presentations.  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.  If time permits, the students will write their names on their origami works at the end. Origami paper will be delivered to the school beforehand.

Date and Time

30/40 minutes per session

Monday to Friday, from April 15 to June 25, 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.

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

April -June,    40 sessions 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 40 sessions in total. Basically, applications will be  accepted on a first come/first served basis until the bookings reach 40. Depending on the number of applications we receive, we may have to limit the number of booking to 3 sessions per school.
  • Please submit your application by e-mail to japan.today@ejca.org ar lest two weeks prior to the date you desire. We will send you a confirmation email.
  • If you have any question or requests, please contact Yukiko Nagakura at japan.today@ejca.org 

Calendar  ( April - June 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

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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