[Online] Japanese Language Workshop: Exploring Japanese New Year Through Midnight Diner
Saturday, December 10
Join us to celebrate and learn about New Year’s in Japan through a popular Netflix show, Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories (深夜食堂, Shinya shokudō). Traditions and customs for celebrating the New Year in Japan begin around mid-December, when people become anxious in preparation for the ending of the old year and ushering in the new. In this special holiday workshop, we will explore some of these New Year traditions reflected in an episode of Midnight Diner titled “Crab and Toshikoshisoba.” Along with useful New Year vocabulary and expressions, you will learn about beliefs, customs, and food related to the New Year in Japan. We will discuss other essential Japanese New Year customs, traditions, and expressions that are not depicted in the show. Our hope is for you to leave this workshop with a rich understanding of Japanese culture and language related to New Year. Note: prior knowledge of hiragana/katakana/kanji is not required to take this workshop.
This workshop will be conducted via Zoom. Attendees must have a device with audio and video capabilities, as well as an internet connection. The Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth reserves the right to cancel the workshop if it does not meet the minimum attendance number. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about this workshop and language classes.
Ikuko Fujiwara Her academic and professional background is in TESOL and Composition which began with earning a Master’s degree in TESOL from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Her career has been devoted to instruction and supporting student success while promoting diversity and inclusion in educational spaces. She has experience teaching Japanese, ESOL and college composition at various colleges in the United States. She is committed to creating inclusive and meaningful learning spaces where people engage in cross-cultural/intercultural understanding and learn to use language in empowering ways.