A Japanese culture session held at H.Dh. Nolhivaranfaru School

1 Grade1 to 3 session
2 Grade7 to 9 session
3 Nuts-grabbing Competition
     On June 1st, the Embassy of Japan in Maldives held a Japanese culture session at H.Dh. Nolhivaranfaru School presented by Mr. Yoshu Ota and Ms. Zeenath Zaki. Nolhivaranfaru is a middle size island with a population of 1,800 inhabitants, and 260 students from Gr.1 to 9 and teachers eagerly participated in this very successful and wonderful one day event.
     Learning about a country through cultural workshops and activities will give a better understanding of its intricate history, valued social principals and holistic way of life. In Maldives, Japan is well known for its advanced technology, mainly due to the distribution of cars, motorbikes, marine engines. But, most participants discovered about Japanese society and culture for the first time at this event. We introduced the daily life of Japanese people, such as meal manners, cleaning, feeding, and school life that encourages student’s autonomy. In addition, Gr. 7 to 9 students learned the bilateral relationship between both countries, the Malé Seawall Project for protection of Malé seashore and other Japanese Assistance Aid programs to the Maldives and the strong bond of friendship shown after the Tsunami in both countries.
     The highlight of the event was the participant’s interest in Japanese practical session, origami and chopstick, especially the joy and pleasure of using chopsticks. We held a nuts-grabbing competition experience class for Gr.7 to 9 using disposable chopsticks, not only students but also adults were eager and enthusiastic to participate.
     In this event, a wide range of participants from low to high grade students and teachers learned about Japanese culture, lifestyle and discipline that will serve for the betterment of their daily lives and grow mutual understanding about the culture of Japan and Maldives. This event was a great success.