Let’s start with a few facts. Japan has a population of about 127 million. Tokyo is the capital city. Here is a map and the flag of Japan.
The school year starts in April. To enter Grade One, a student has to be six years of age. Students learn practically the same subjects as learners in Western Cultures. The vast majority of Japanese students do not skip school or arrive late for class.
Celebrating Japanese Culture – Haiku Poetry
Haiku, a form of poetry, was first developed over 400 years ago. It is a well loved Japanese style of poetry and known world-wide.
Line 1: 5 syllables or beats
Line 2: 7 syllables
Line 3: 5 syllables
Here is an example
Winter is coming. (5) Topic is winter
Snow will be arriving soon. (7) Something about winter
We should get our skates. (5) Your opinion
1 2 3 4 5 Win-ter is com-ing
Topic: Tired Cat
Tired cat sleeps all night.
He needs lots of rest for a
Long day of napping
My homework is late.
My dog ate it this morning.
I sure like my dog.
You will notice that line 1 is a topic: winter, cat, homework
line 2 is about your topic snow, rest, dog
line 3 is your opinion, conclusion ending