Contact Sensei using the following email address: dbhssensei@gmail.com

Not sure whether to study Japanese or another language?  Having difficulty convincing your parents why you should study Japanese?  Consider reading this presentation: "Why study Japanese?"  (A special thanks to Ambassador John R. Malott for use of this presentation he made to the delegation of Japanese teachers at the 2014 National Japan Bowl!)


Happy New Year! 明けましておめでとうございます!

It's been a great pleasure getting to know all of you and an honor to be your teacher.

Best Wishes for a Happy, Healthy & Successful 2019!

KCC-JEE High School Essay Contest

The Kobe College Corporation-Japan Education Exchange sponsors a nationwide annual high school essay contest, and the 2019 application window is now open.  The winner will receive a free trip to Japan, with a one-month homestay and language instruction at the Kyoto Japanese language school.  The 3 basic requirements of eligibility:

(1) You must have completed at least one year of formal Japanese language instruction;

(2) You must be at least 16 years of age by June 1, 2019; and

(3) You must NOT have previously traveled to Japan.

The contest will require you to create a logo and provide a 250 word (or less) essay explanation of the logo (in English).  The deadline for submission is FEBRUARY 4th, 2019.

For more detailed information, please check out the KCC website, www.kccjee.org, for more detailed information and the contest application.

Japan Club Meeting

The next meeting of the Japan Club will take place on MONDAY, JANUARY 14th, from 2:40-3:40pm in Room 116.

Our most recent meeting took place on Monday, 12/10.  We had our Bounenkai, as an end of the year celebration (literally, "Forget the Year Party").  We had a lot of fun playing games and eating food and snacks together.

Our meetings typically consist of a business and announcements first, then a cultural presentation and/or activity for the rest of the time.  

Kizuna Across Cultures Global Classmates

This year our Level 3 & 4 students are participating in the Global Classmates Program sponsored by Kizuna Across Cultures.  We are paired up with Kunori Gakuen High School in Yamagata Prefecture (in northeastern Japan) to discuss a variety of topics of common interest online using Schoology as our platform for exchange.  We have now sent "omiyage" gifts by mail and will continue to discuss a variety of topics online.  We look forward to our continued exchange and have been learning a lot from our peers across the ocean.


Schedule of School Activities & Events


* All activities take place in 116 between 2:40-3:40pm unless otherwise noted.

1/14 (M)Japan Club General Membership Meeting

1/15 (T)Japan Bowl Practice

1/16 (W):  JNHS Tutoring

1/17 (Th)District & Regional Competitions Practice

1/18 (F)No Activities Scheduled



* All activities take place in 116 between 2:40-3:40pm unless otherwise noted.


1/22 (T):  Japan Bowl Practice

1/23 (W)JNHS Tutoring

1/24 (Th):  District & Regional Competitions Practice

1/25 (F)No Activities Scheduled


Click here for the Red(A)/Gold(B) Calendar for this academic year

Click here for the official bell schedules for this academic year



January Holidays & Events in Japan

Pictured Top Left - "Joyanokane" - The ringing of Buddhist temple gongs 108 times on New Year's Eve to purify people of sins to begin the New Year on the right track!

Pictured Top Right - Mother helping daughter tie down her New Year's "o-mikuji" (fortune) in the hopes that its predictions will be either averted or fulfilled.

Pictured Bottom Left - Fireworks to celebrate the dawn of the New Year

Pictured Bottom Right - Young ladies dressed for a Coming of Age Day ceremony

New Year's Eve - 大晦日(おおみそか)- 12月31日

Learn more about the ushering in of the New Year and the traditions associated with it on the Kids Web Japan site. 

New Year's Day - お正月の日(おしょうがつのひ)- 1月1日
Learn more about this important traditional holiday on the Kids Web Japan site.  There are a variety of traditions practiced throughout the first two to three days of the New Year.

Coming of Age Day - 成人の日(せいじんのひ)- 1月14日
Learn more about this national holiday in celebration of all who will celebrate their 20th birthday this year (Office Holidays site or Kids Web Japan site).  It will officially be observed on Monday, January 14th this year because it is the second Monday of January; it used to be celebrated on the 15th every year until 1999.

Click here for more information on January events in Japan (courtesy of Kids Web Japan).