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    Cultural Enrichment Continues with Japanese Week




    As part of an ongoing commitment to exploring world culture, language and diversity, students on the Bolles Upper School San Jose and Middle School Bartram Campuses have been celebrating Japan with several activities.

    During Japanese Week on the Bolles Upper School San Jose Campus, students experienced Japanese Animae viewings, karaoke, a video game competition and a Kimono dress day and tea ceremony. Bolles Japanese Teacher Yukari Braren helped organize the week’s events.

    “The students learn about Japan with entertainment, and exchange their knowledge and experience during Japanese Week,” Braren said. The entire student body also enjoyed sampling a Japanese-inspired menu throughout the week. Students tasted curry and rice, Onigiri (rice ball), gyoza (dumplings) and other foods.

    Braren said the Japanese club members are not only Japanese classroom students.

    “Anybody can join who is interested in Japanese language, culture and food,” she Braren said. “They also make friendships with the Japanese exchange students and support each other. It is a very valuable experience for the students.”

    Carmen Adair, Bolles Spanish instructor and International Programs coordinator, said the Japanese-inspired activities are part of the school’s overall dedication to cultural diversity. In fact, the Bolles School boarding program houses 90 students from eight states and 22 countries in grades 7-12.

    “Japanese Week is another of our language and culture enrichment programs offered at Bolles,” Adair said. “Students develop a love for learning a foreign language and appreciate other cultures so much more when they participate in these special weeks during the year.”

    She said the Bolles Upper School San Jose Campus hosts several special culture weeks during the year including focuses on Chinese, Latin (Rome Week), Spanish, French and Japanese.

    Students on the Bolles Middle School Bartram Campus planned Japanese Days for March 1 and March 8. Japanese Club students led the culture introduction on the middle school campus, which were planned for activities period both days. Upper School students participating in the visit include: Andres Arteaga, Alex Chila, Amanda Ferraro, Daniel Gesek, Cole Hanna, Yuka Kato, Jennifer Peacock, Rebecca Yan, and Mayuko Sugiyama.

    The Middle School Bartram Campus planned to continue its focus on Japan by hosting a Japanese movie screening for the local Japanese language school on March 9. The free community event is an opportunity for guests to introduce students taking Japanese as a language to the local Japanese community and encourage their studies. The event will be attended by the culture attaché consul, Hayato Nakamura.

    The next cultural week for the Bolles Upper School San Jose Campus will be Rome Week, scheduled for April 15-19. Students will commemorate the founding of the Eternal City and the enduring influence of the Roman civilization on the modern world.

    Upper School

    (Grades 9-12)
    San Jose Campus
    7400 San Jose Boulevard
    Jacksonville, FL 32217
    (904) 733-9292

    Middle School

    (Grades 6-8)
    Bartram Campus
    2264 Bartram Road
    Jacksonville, FL 32207
    (904) 724-8850

    Lower School

    (Grades PreK-5)
    Ponte Vedra Beach Campus
    200 ATP Tour Boulevard
    Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
    (904) 285-4658

    Lower School

    (Grades PreK-5)
    Whitehurst Campus
    7400 San Jose Boulevard Jacksonville, FL 32217
    (904) 733-9292