ICHI (means 1 in Japanese)
Our first job this morning was to take the google virtual flight to Japan flying from Auckland. We landed in Japan's largest city Tokyo.
Once we arrived we decided to get our head around a new country visiting KIDS WEB Japan. This fun site is designed to teach kids all about life in Japan. Our task in pairs was to find out some amazing facts about Japan-especially things that make life in Japan so different from life in NZ!
Here are some of the amazing things we found out so far!
Pratik says, "When they take off their shoes they put them against the wall backwards so when they leave to go out it is easier to put back on."
Amie said, "Everybody in the family shares the same bath water!"
Kaisha said, " Swimming and baseball are Japan's most popular sports!"
Noah said, "Japan is 70% mountains and only 30% flat land."
Cory said, "Japan has 8 bullet trains that can go 200km an hour and cost 5 billion dollars each."
Kyle says, "On Valentines Day in Japan the girls have to give the boys chocolate!"
Angus said, "There are 8 regions in Japan."
Lily said, "Children learn 1,000 Kanji at primary school and another 1,000 at Intermediate or Junior High school."
Ciara says, "119 is the Japanese 111 emergency number and 110 is the number to call the Police."
Liam said, "Japan has an iron for ironing clothes that never gets hot."
Click on the web linked photo to find out more information and have your own fun exploring Japan. Room 3 recommends visiting the following links the Quiz, Hi Tech, Folk Legends, Recipes and Kids TV.
Ni (means Two)
After fruit break we began our introduction to Japanese language.
We learnt how to greet one another and ask simple questions:
Ohaiyo gozaimasu: Good Morning
Konnichi wa: Hello
Genki desk ka? How are you?
Hai genki desk: I am good.
BMX o shimasu. I do BMX!
San (means Three)
After we learnt these phrases we had conversations with each other. Angus and Lily were quick learners and their prize was to share their conversation at Assembly.
The final thing we learnt was how to write Japanese calligraphy. We learnt that Ni means Sun, and Ki means tree. But when you put those two kanji together tree means land. So Japan, Ni hon, means land of the rising sun.
Check out our work! It was loads of fun and really challenging.
Did you know Japan celebrates Matariki at the same time as us but they call it Subaru? I wonder what their legends are about Subaru-tiny eyes-the Matariki star constellation?