As a school with a diverse group of students representing different nationalities, students from The Grange get a chance to experience different celebrations from all over the world. In today’s blog, we will be sharing how our Japanese students recreated the summer festival Natsumatsuri (Summer Festival) (夏祭り) in their own classroom!
The Summer Festival is one of the major celebrations in Japan. During the festival, there will be many events such as festive dances, fireworks, magic show, street stalls, to name a few. Our Japanese teacher, Ms. Yuki, shared that it was a pity that the annual Summer Festival could not happen this year due to the pandemic. However, this inspired her to create The Grange’s own version of a mini “Natsumatsuri”. Together with the students, she put together various games that are commonly found at the festival. The props and games were created from recycled materials found at our recycling corner. Ms. Yuki even prepared a Yukata outfit (usually worn during Summer) for the students to make the whole experience a complete one! Read on to find out more about what went on at The Grange’s Summer Festival!
The final game… a shooting game which got the boys really excited. Participants have to loop a rubber band across the shooting mechanism made out of cardboard. To fire the rubber band, the participant has to pull apart the sides of the shooting mechanism. The person who shoots down most standing cardboard wins.
The students enjoyed the games and the atmosphere felt very lively with all the decorations around the classroom. To mimic the awards for winners at the recent Tokyo Olympic, Ms. Yuki even made medals for the students using recycled foil paper and ribbons.
Thank you to the Japanese students and Ms. Yuki for making such an effort to bring the Summer festival “alive” at The Grange!