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Festival of Japan: Wednesday 18 September

Come experience the fun of Japanese culture at the Festival of Japan. 

From 6pm – 8pm in Eng Core, students from Tokyo City University and JSoc will be introducing some of the more playful cultural aspects of Japan.  There will also be various types of free sushi for you to sample, origami and calligraphy drawing, and a photo booth!

Maui Brennan awarded spot on Te Hononga-ā-Kiwa 2019

Join us in congratulating Maui Brennan. Maui has been awarded one of the 11 spots on Te Hononga-ā-Kiwa 2019 programme to Japan. This opportunity was open to Māori students across Aotearoa studying at University, ITPs and Wānanga.

Te Hononga-ā-Kiwa refers to the connections of people personified through the travels of the legendary voyager and explorer Kiwa through the pacific.

Maui Brennan

The purpose of Te Hononga-ā-Kiwa is to increase Māori business capability and awareness and improve Māori business engagement in the North Asia region. The University of Waikato has delivered Te Hononga-ā-Kiwa programme since 2018 through its partnership with the North Asia Centre of Asia-Pacific Excellence https://seacape.org.nz/

From the 2 – 12 August, 11 students will travel to Japan to connect with and explore indigenous business. There will be a key focus on cultural tourism and indigenous products. Maui will connect with Ainu business leaders and owners around indigenous business development in Japan. The group will also connect with NZ Inc. including a visit to the NZ Embassy and connecting with Māori Businesses and with Māori who live and work in Japan. Maui will also participate in a business challenge while in-country.

Ngā mihi mō tō paetae Maui!

NCEA Japanese Day biggest ever

Japanese NCEA school day, 8.6.17Client, Rachel Payne, Japanese.

UC hosted a NCEA Japanese workshop for secondary school students on Thursday 8 June. The workshop was attended by 370 students from 15 schools and was the 5th annual event hosted by the UC Japanese programme with support from the Canterbury Network of Teachers of Japanese. The event attracted the largest number of participants since it began in 2013 and is the largest event of its kind on Japanese language education in New Zealand.

Japanese Day Guests
Left to right: Dr Kyoko Mikami, Mr Mitsuru Murase, Mr Tim Williams, Professor Paul Millar, Dr Rachel Payne, Masayoshi Ogino

The day started with a warm welcome from Professor Paul Millar (Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor – College of Arts), and greetings from Mr Mitsuru Murase (Consul, Consular Office of Japan). A special talk was delivered by UC alumni and internet marketing pioneer Mr Tim Williams, on his encounters and experiences in Japan, as well as the skills required for the rapidly changing world.

The secondary school students had three intensive language sessions, with 30 UC students who helped them to learn Japanese as role models and mentors. The feedback was overwhelming, indicating those involved enjoyed their day at UC.