|June 14||Trivia Event for Juniors|
|June 21||Wellington region Japanese speech contest|
|June 24||Japanese Workshop "Accent & Intonation of the Japanese Language - Supporting your students"|
|June 25||Southland region Japanese speech contest|
|July 4||Manawatu Japanese 'Matsuri'|
|Manawatu region Japanese speech contest|
The Japan Foundation, Sydney seminar
Applications are now open for The Japan Foundation, Sydney seminar. Find out more >
Seminar dates: 30 September - 3 October 2019
Application deadline: 19 June 2019
Confirmation for successful applicants: 17 July 2019
New Collaborative life for NZAJLT
The New Zealand Association of Japanese Language teachers (NZAJLT) has begun again with new life this time as a truly collaborative association. Japanese teachers in Aotearoa New Zealand have a proud history of sharing resources and support with each other, so it is great to see the association has re-formed with many new members sharing the many jobs of the executive. In the past, a few hardworking members had carried the heavy workload, so thanks to Kazue Takeda’s efforts, the association has formed a bright new beginning with a sustainable collaborative model. Many hands make light work! NZAJLT is here to support Japanese teachers, and advocate for them as a collective. Subscriptions are due 31st May, to subscribe please click this link NZAJLT Subscribe
1000 6000 Cranes for Christchurch – NZJNET
Heart- felt thanks t Michelle Lodge from Botany, and Kazue Takeda from Liston for organizing the 1000 cranes project for Christchurch in the wake of our nation’s recent tragedy. Japanese teachers and their students were aiming to fold 1000 paper cranes to send as a message of support and love to Christchurch. Paper cranes became a symbol of striving for international peace after the atrocious Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings in World War 2.
Image credit to 1278956 from Pixabay
Ambassador's commendation for the Japanese teachers
The Ambassador’s Commendations were held on the 19th of March this year at the Ambassador’s Residence, with six recipients being awarded.
Japanese language educators Dr Penelope Shino (Massey University), Dr Adele Scott (Te Kura), Mr Denis Tate (Feilding High School), Mrs Junko Bracefield (St Matthew’s Collegiate School), Ms Chitose Izuno (Upper Hutt College), and the President of Sister Cities New Zealand, Mrs Hiromi Morris, received the Ambassador’s Commendation for their distinguished contribution to the deepening of mutual understanding and friendship between Japan and New Zealand. The awarding ceremony started with a speech from Ambassador of Japan to New Zealand, H.E. Mr Hiroyasu Kobayashi, who gave high praise to the recipients, thanking them for their efforts in facilitating connections and friendship between our two countries.
After the ceremony, everyone had the chance to mingle in a less formal setting, with a lunch prepared by Ambassador Kobayashi’s personal chef. It was a wonderful opportunity for the Japanese Government to express its appreciation to those who work so hard towards the understanding of Japanese culture in New Zealand.
The Japanese tea ceremony workshop in Palmerston North
Change of New Emperor in Japan
This is one of the biggest issues now in Japan. View this article in the Japan Times.