Cultural day offers a taste of Japan

27 August 2013

Kendo, a form of Japanese martial arts
Kendo, a form of Japanese martial arts

The University is continuing to strengthen its relationship with Japan by hosting a Japanese cultural day this Thursday (29 August).

The Department of Japanese Studies is presenting the free event in the New Law School Building to showcase Japanese arts and culture.

It is part of a teacher training course for Kobe Shinwa Women's University, funded by the Japan Foundation, which is running over an intensive two-week period. The course trains the Kobe Shinwa students on how to teach Japanese language overseas.

Dr Seiko Yasumoto and Professor Michael Lewis, both from the Department of Japanese Studies, are coordinating the program.

Dr Yasumoto says: "This is the first and only teacher training intensive course program for overseas students in Australia which includes culture and language components. The program includes a rich variety of activities, including visits to schools, an excursion to the Blue Mountains and our upcoming cultural exchange day."

The cultural exchange day will include demonstrations of contemporary and traditional Japanese culture, including a tea ceremony, origami, calligraphy and kendo - a form of martial arts which descends from samurai swordsmanship.

Dr Yasumoto says: "Language and culture are closely intertwined. Through this cultural demonstration and collaboration with Kobe Shinwa Women's University, we hope to deepen mutual international understanding at the University of Sydney."

Previous students from the program, which has been running since 1996, have gained employment as teachers of Japanese language in overseas institutions including Oxford University and Seoul Women's University.

Event details

What: Japanese cultural day

When: 2-5pm, Thursday 29 August 2013

Where: New Law School Building, Seminar Room 107

Cost: Free. No bookings necessary.

Enquiries: Dr Seiko Yasumoto on 02 9351 4716 or