Bolles to Host Japanese Consul, Families
On March 9, The Bolles Middle School Bartram Campus will host Japan’s cultural attaché, Consul Hayato Nakamura
, and local students and families from Jacksonville’s Japanese language school (hoshuko) for a Japanese movie screening and cultural exchange.
Bolles administrators are elated to welcome the Consul and the Japanese guests as part of the school’s firm commitment to promoting global cultures on all four Bolles campuses.
“We are honored to be a part of this community event,” said Yukari Braren
, Japanese instructor. “This will be a fun way for our own students to further their Japanese studies and forge new bonds with the local Japanese community—and we will be able to share our beautiful campus with others.”
The March 9 screening of “Always Sunset on Third Street 2” will be in Parker Auditorium in the Betsy Lovett Arts Center on the Bolles Middle School Bartram Campus, located at 2264 Bartram Road. The event begins at 3 p.m. and is free and open to the community.
The hoshuko is a group of Japanese citizens who host a weekend language school for children of Japanese nationals as a way of keeping their language fluency and culture alive in Northeast Florida.
Bolles was asked to host the event because it is the only school in Jacksonville that offers Japanese language studies to its students and has space large enough to accommodate guests.
“The study of worldwide cultures and language is one of our academic mainstays at Bolles; it is invaluable as we prepare our students for a global future,” said Moya Marks
, Department of World Languages Chair and Upper School Principal. In addition to Japanese, Bolles students can choose from a wide range of languages, including Spanish, French, Chinese and Latin. There are more than 90 boarding students in grades 7-12 from eight states and 22 countries – including Japan, China and Spain. “The Bolles community includes students, faculty and staff from all over the world, and our examination and appreciation of global cultures is something we take very seriously here.”
Japanese Consulate representatives will be flying into Jacksonville that day for the special screening and event. More than 20 local Japanese children are expected to attend in addition to Bolles students and other members of the community. Organizers expect the family-friendly movie will be of interest to both children and adults alike.