Representatives From Japanese Consulate Visit Second Graders

EDISON – Second graders at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in North Edison, who have recently honed their knowledge of the Japanese culture and traditions, were visited on April 27 by three representatives from The Caravan Program, which is sponsored by the Japanese Information Center of the Consulate General of Japan in New York City.

Public Relations Coordinators Jesse Taylor and Midori Goto were joined by Saigusa Hirohito, Counsel for Ministry of Education. The trio greeted the students, some of which were dressed in colorful and traditional Japanese apparel, in Japanese. Taylor quizzed the students on Japanese facts and trivia before the students viewed a short video on the Japanese language, geography and culture.

The students had the opportunity to make a samurai hat and offered their own presentations about the Japanese culture to the representatives, who also read a Japanese folktale to the children. Students dressed in kimonos with chopsticks in their hair, had prepared a tea ceremony for faculty/staff members.

Donna Pedde, the second grade teacher who coordinated the presentation, said that the representatives count Wardlaw-Hartridge as one of their favorite schools to visit.

APPRECIATING A CULTURE… Midori Goto and Jesse Taylor, Public Relations Coordinator for the Japanese Consulate, quiz the second graders on Japanese facts and trivia during their visit to The Wardlaw-Hartridge School on April 28.

Photo courtesy of The Wardlaw-Hartridge School

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