JAPAN CLUB INFORMATION & MEETINGS
Our meetings will include a focus on learning a language or cultural lesson about Japan, but we will plan for future activities and fundraisers for a few months down the road.
Our predetermined schedule of meetings for 2023:
September 11th Info Session - Theme: Introductions/Writing Your Name in Japanese
October 2nd Meeting - Theme: Origami
October 16th Meeting - Theme: Sumo & Paper Sumo Tournament
October 30th Meeting - Theme: Costumes/ Movie - "Kiki's Delivery Service'
November 13th, Meeting - Theme: Japanese Traditional Games
December 4th, Meeting - Theme: Arts & Crafts
December 11th, Meeting - Theme: Bounenkai! "Forget the Year" Party
Our predetermined schedule of meetings for 2024:
January 8th Meeting - Theme: Calligraphy & Kanji Writing
January 29th Meeting - Theme: Yonkoma Manga Drawing & Writing
February 12th Meeting - Theme: Valentines/White Day & Haiku
February 26th Meeting - Theme: Martial Arts Demos
March 11th Meeting - Theme: Ramen Culture / Movie: "Ramen Girl"
April 8th Meeting - 2024-2025 Officer Nominations & Elections / "Candy Cuisine"
April 22nd Meeting - Theme: Gakunenmatsukai! - End of School Year Party
JAPANESE NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY
Generally meets either Tuesday or Wednesday after school. Join our Japanese Study Group Team to receive notifications for these meetings.
Our meetings serve as tutoring sessions for anyone who needs extra help in the Japanese classes. Meetings will be 1 hour, from 3:40-4:40pm. Those students who would like to tutor need prior approval from Collazo-sensei, and JNHS members are expected to provide some tutoring. Any potential members (see qualifications below) are encouraged to get approval.
ALL LEVELS OF TUTORING ARE AVAILABLE, SO IF YOU ARE IN NEED OF HELP, PLEASE MAKE TIME FOR THIS TUTORING SESSION.
Qualifications for JNHS students in Levels 2, 3 & 4 include both of the following:
1) Maintaining a 3.5 GPA in Japanese classes and a 3.0 Overall GPA.
2) Must demonstrate dedication to teaching and learning about Japanese language and culture through a minimum of 10 hours in promotion of Japanese studies (through tutoring peers or active participation in Japan Bowl/Japanese competition or Japan Club, or some equivalent activity)
Unfortunately, we were unable to complete an induction ceremony of new members to our JNHS chapter in the spring of 2022. Students will be nominated this year for maintaining their grades AND for providing a service to our program through tutoring and the Japan Club.
Anyone considering membership induction in the coming year, 2023 (Level 2 and above), are welcome to join us to help with tutoring and competition preparation, so they can fulfill the service requirement for induction.
2022-2023 KAC Global Classmates Program
DBHS Japanese Level 2, 3, 4 students participated in exchange with Japanese students in Japan through the Kizuna Across Cultures' Global Classmates Program. We exchanged via Canvas discussions on a variety of topics and shared omiyage gifts through mail. We were the only school in the state of Florida to participate in this internationally recognized exchange program!
2019 Kakehashi Project - Reports
November 2019: Kakehashi participants were busy sharing their experiences in Japan in the months after the trip, in an effort to follow through with our After Action Plan. We discussed our experiences and answered questions about the Japan Trip with students through our Freshman Round Up Orientation in August, through the Japanese classes in Japanese, and through our Japan Club in our most recent meeting on November 4th. We hope to expand our activities to include a culture day activity with local elementary schools, and possibly even Deerfield Beach Middle. And we will be hosted Consul General of Japan in Miami on November 26th to discuss our Kakehashi experiences and to develop further projects to promote Japanese cultural learning in our community. We were honored to have him visit us!
Collazo-sensei thanking Consul General Hirata for his recommendation that Deerfield Beach High School participate in the 2019 Kakehashi Exchange Project.
August 2019: We are proud to have participated in the 2019 Kakehashi Exchange Project sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE). We traveled to Japan from July 29th through August 6th this summer. 20 students and 5 teachers participated in a series of meetings, exchange activities, and travel experiences that each of us chronicled through social media platforms, including Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and Facebook. We presented our reflections and our plan for sharing Japanese culture when we returned at a reporting session with MOFA and JICE officials in Tokyo at the end of the trip. I would like to thank all who participated in representing DBHS well throughout the entire trip. All of you conducted yourselves well, compassion and sensitivity to this wonderful culture, and many of you provided formal greetings, presentations, and remarks of appreciation in Japanese when requested. I'm so proud of all of you. よくできましたよ！お疲れ様でした！
Deerfield Beach High School participants in the 2019 Kakehashi Exchange Project (in front of Sensoji in Asakusa, Tokyo).