Ms. Taylor has inspired hundreds of students, teachers, and families to learn about Japan over the past several decades. This year was like none other! To set the stage, imagine Sumi scrolls, kokeshi dolls, Setsubun masks and Yukata and Happi clothing lining the walls and tables. Then performances included a tea ceremony, taiko drumming, karate lessons, a violin duet, a Japanese shopping experience, and “Ho Taru Koi” sung and accompanied on xylophones.
Ms. Taylor and Sra. Cressman are great collaborators. They teamed with music teacher Mr. Wallace and art teacher Mr. Elstein to fully engage students. Ms. Nakayama Kazumi and Nourhan Sharif provided additional authentic Japanese experiences with ink and pen Japanese writing, origami, clothing design and more. This Unit of Study concluded with a field trip to Ichiban Hibachi Restaurant. This immersion into the Japanese culture is sure to remain with our students for lifetime.