Kindy explore Japanese traditions

Kindergarten students studying Japanese recently explored the meaning of Setsubun, a celebration that marks the end of Winter and the beginning of Spring.

The day is celebrated a day before the first day of Spring.

IGS Languages Teacher Machiko Sensei said people in Japan usually throw roasted beans around the house saying “Oni wa so to! Fuku wa uchi!”, which means devils out, happiness in.

“It is said to drive away the evil spirits that bring misfortune and bad health. It is common for a member of the family to wear an oni (ogre)’s mask and other members throw beans at him or her.

“Kindy Japanese students enjoyed making oni no omen by colouring it in and talking about their favourite colours using vocabulary they have learnt in Japanese.”