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Up close and personal with Japanese culture

International School Brunei (ISB) welcomed visitors from the NIHONGO partners programme under the Japan Foundation Asia Centre as well as officials from the Embassy of Japan in Brunei Darussalam yesterday.

The NIHONGO partners are visiting Brunei to teach basic Japanese language and have a cultural exchange with students.

The delegation was welcomed by ISB’s Executive Principal and Chief Executive Officer Dominic Morley and other school representatives.

There was a special showcase at the ISB Sports Hall for the school’s Year 7 students, where the NIHONGO partners prepared activities highlighting aspects of Japanese culture and language.

“Our students learnt about Japanese language and culture, traditional games, dance, origami, and even famous Japanese animation as well as information about Japanese universities. The visit was a huge success with both students and teachers engaging enthusiastically with all the activities,” said Morley.

A NIHONGO partner engages students in an activity at International School Brunei yesterday. PHOTO: ISB
ABOVE & BELOW: Photos show NIHONGO partners and students engaged in activities during the visit to International School Brunei (ISB). PHOTO: ISB
ISB Executive Principal and Chief Executive Officer Dominic Morley with members of the visiting delegation. PHOTO: ISB

The visit began with an introductory briefing at the ISB Board Room, before continuing with a tour of the school and its facilities.

The NIHONGO partners also gave a talk to International Baccalaureate (IB) and Key Stage 4 students from ISB, where they spoke about Japan and student life in the country.

The NIHONGO programme dispatches Japanese citizens as partners mainly to secondary schools in Asia to support local Japanese language teachers and students.

The primary assignment of the NIHONGO Partners is to support the educational activities of the local Japanese language teachers and to spread the appeal of the Japanese language and culture through learning support and cultural activities in and outside the classroom. – Adib Noor

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