Japanese Culture Night at Dooley Elementary School
• “Japanese Culture Night” was held at Dooley Elementary School in Schaumburg on March 6, and Japanese calligraphy, karate, kimono dressing, and origami entertained the visitors. There were also games, a Kato railroad model exhibit, food, and a silent auction related to Japanese flavored goods. The seventh annual event was hosted by Schaumburg Oyanokai, which means parents’ organization.
• Dooley is well-known for dual language programs including Japanese-English dual education. However, no high school in the area offers Japanese classes, so a sign-up petition sheet was set up at the entrance to request that these classes be added.
• Japanese Culture Night welcomed Dooley’s Principal Beth Erback, Superintendent Andrew DuRoss of School District 54, Schaumburg Sister City Committee, Koji Kaneko from Consulate General of Japan, Principal Nobuyuki Ozaki of Futabakai Saturday School, and members from Chicago Japanese Club and Japan America Society of Chicago.
• The special guests for the night were 29 students from Ritsumeikan Moriyama High School in Shiga Prefecture, Japan. They introduced their school’s original dance, which was good for warming up for physical exercises. They also enjoyed conversations through calligraphy or games with the visitors.
• According to teacher Nobuya Tsubosaka, the high school
has five different courses of field trip abroad, and the students can
choose one from Vancouver, Seattle, Sydney, Tasmania, or Chicago.
• Teacher Ban has had a teaching experience in Thailand and said, “We have recognized that our students grow further when they are given learning environments.” He also said, “I feel closeness about American students because many of them are studying Japanese. Our students want to learn English, and American students want to learn Japanese. I hope that the students on both sides could make a good match. I appreciate having this good opportunity.”
• Moe Masui, leader of the visiting group, chose the
Chicago course because it was well organized and provided an internship
opportunity. She has been working for Rapid Direction, and her group is
going to make a presentation on how to promote 3D printers in Japan.
• Hiraki Yamaguchi chose the Chicago course because he heard about exciting internship experiences from students who visited Chicago last year. He said, “I didn’t have clear dream, so I thought that internship experiences would give me some ideas. Now I’m thinking of a job in something related with overseas.”
• Yuki Konishi had participated in an overseas exchange
program before coming to Chicago and said, “I was interested in making
a presentation in a company. It is a very high-level program.”
• Yamaguchi and Konishi are doing internships at the
Museum of Science and Industry. Yamaguchi said, “The Museum is going to
open an exhibit of robot revolutions in Osaka and Tokyo. So we are going
to suggest how the exhibit can be successful and the ways of promoting
• Saya Onishi said she was not good at English, but she
was lucky because a daughter of her host family, who took Japanese classes
at Glenbrook South, helped her a lot. She said, “I was frustrated because
I couldn’t communicate well with the mother and father. I’m really thinking
that I’ll study English vigorously when I return to Japan. Now I think
that I want to work overseas and want to do something for people.”
Attendees enjoy Japanese culture and games.
The students of Ritsumeikan Moriyama demonstrate Japanese calligraphy.
The students of Ritsumeikan Moriyama introduce their school's original warming-up dance at Dooley Elementary School.
Moe Masui, leader of Ritsumeikan Moriyama's visiting group.
From left, Yuki Konishi, Hiraki Yamaguchi, and Saya Onishi