| Japanese (日本語)

The Japanese Consulate-General in Sydney invites applications for our School Visit Program.

Schools in New South Wales* are invited to apply for our 2018 program (Terms 3 and 4).

However, please note that from Term 3 2018 onwards, the school visit program will only be conducted on a limited basis.

Representatives of the Consulate are available to visit your school. Two different styles of visits are available: a calligraphy workshop designed for schools which have Japanese language programs and a presentation designed as a general introduction to Japan which is best suited to HSIE units or for students just starting their study of Japanese language.

The calligraphy workshop is a new school visit initiative of the Consul-General of Japan in Sydney, Mr Keizo Takewaka. The Consul-General would like to show his appreciation to schools offering Japanese language by providing an opportunity for their students to experience Japanese calligraphy first hand.

Both the workshop and the presentation involve no cost to the school.

*Schools in regional areas are welcome to apply for visits, however, we may not be able to meet all requests.

Calligraphy workshop

The workshop begins with a brief PowerPoint presentation giving a simple overview of the Japanese writing system and a beginner's guide on how to write kanji (Japanese characters).

Students then practise on newspaper characters chosen in advance in consultation with the classroom teacher. Finally the students choose their favourite character to write on proper Japanese hanshi paper.

NSGHS Calligraphy School Visit

General presentation - introduction to Japan

A data projector is used throughout and students are encouraged to answer questions and ask as many as time permits.

1. General introduction of Japan and contrast with Australia - Japan's geography, city versus country, seasons, school are some of the topics covered
2. Introduction of Japanese food using restaurant models
3. Japanese kimono demonstration
4. Students try out some traditional Japanese wooden games

A session is usually around one hour, adjustable to your school’s timetable. We recommend a minimum length of 50 minutes.
The content may be able to be adjusted upon request.

In the case of multiple requests from different schools, preference will be given to schools which do not have a native Japanese teacher or Japanese assistant, and to schools in areas where students have limited opportunities to meet Japanese people.


Please write, email or fax on your school letterhead to:

School Visit Program
Information and Culture Section
Consulate-General of Japan
GPO Box 4125
FAX: 9252 3344 | Email: cginfo@sy.mofa.go.jp

Please include the following information:

Which type of visit: calligraphy workshop or general presentation

Number and year level of students in the group

Special areas of interest

Reason for requesting the visit (eg. HSIE)

Convenient dates/times

For more information contact:

Jennifer Schroeder
02 9250 1000