Open House at Japanese Language School in Gardena, May 15, 2010

Gardena JCI Japanese Language School Field Trip

School field trip to Huntinton Library on March 27

Saturday, May 15, 2010, from 9:50 am to 11:35 am, Japanese Language School at Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute invites public to their school’s Open House.

There will be opportunities to learn about their Japanese language school program, and meet their teachers and parent group.

Japanese Language School at Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute is located at 1964 West 162nd Street, Gardena, CA 90247, (310) 324-6622, jls@jci-gardena.org

New registration package for 2010-2011 is available. New families are welcome.

A highlight event for this current school year was their school field trip to The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Garden in San Marino in March.

They conducted a special tea ceremony at the Japanese House in the Huntington’s Japanese Garden performed by a very influential tea teacher in the US, Sosei Matsumoto-sensei, who is 90-years-old.

Matsumoto-sensei and several of her staff members presented a tea ceremony demonstration with explanation.  Afterwards, their young students entered the house to experience Japanese sweets and tea.  All of the students had good manners, as they sat close to Matsumoto-sensei and enjoyed rich traditional Japanese culture in the Japanese garden on a beautiful spring day.

The goal of this project/special field trip was to take their students from the classrooms and to immerse them in traditional Japanese culture in an authentic Japanese house and gardens at the renowned Huntington Gardens.

The school hopes that their students have obtained a greater understanding of the Japanese culture, spirit and history related to both the outstanding tea ceremony and beautiful Japanese garden.

Furthermore, the school hopes that their students gained appreciation of their Japanese  American heritage, the harmonious relations between America and Japan for the next generation, and the history of their Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute Japanese Language School.

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