Change your name into Kanji!
June 15, 2018
Last month, the homestay students from Kawananakoa Middle School in Hawaii had a special activity with SGH Club members. They learned the art of Japanese calligraphy. By using a brush and ink, these visitors learned how to write kanji. “Up, down, left, right…” club members directed. Kawananakoa students were amazed by the beautiful writing and found it difficult to create a similar beauty.
Then, by using the phonetic sounds of their name, they changed their names into kanji. Club members also taught the visitors the kanji meanings. Homestay student Jordan learned her new name meant successful and warm. “That’s cool!” she said. Club members told homestay student Tatiana, “TA: this kanji means ‘many’. SHI: this means ‘know’. A means ‘beautiful’. NA is ‘south,’ like ‘minami’. TA – TI – A – NA, your name!”
After the ink dried, the homestay students took the calligraphy home as a present. “It was hard, but I’m happy they enjoyed it! It was fun,” SGH club members said.
Escape the Room!
May 14, 2018
What is an “escape room”?
Also known as puzzle rooms, escape rooms are real-life adventure games. In these games, members of a group must work together to solve puzzles using hints and strategy in order to get out.
When did an escape room come to Uwajima Minami?
Real escape games started in Japan in 2010 and quickly spread to the Americas, Europe, and Australia. At limited times, Universal Studios Japan does anime-themed escaped rooms, which inspired Caitlyn to create something similar for the first years’ collective accommodation training on May 9th.
Who did an escape room?
The first years got to do an escape room and it became an extremely enjoyable activity. “I had fun doing a real escape game,” a 1-3 student wrote in Japanese. “I want to do it again,” wrote a 1-2 student. One 1-1 student wrote, “Because it was my first escape game, it was really interesting!”
Where was the escape room?
This escape game took place at Ozu Youth Home. Their large hall gave space for all the first years to move around freely to find and solve puzzles. “Where’s the Science puzzle?” someone asked during the activity. “Over there!” his teammate answered before they all ran to the other side of room. Sometimes it became crowded, so students would solve a different puzzle instead.
How did they escape?
Each team had to solve four small puzzles and check the solution with a teacher. By doing so, they collected pieces of the final puzzle. “Everyone cooperated to solve the puzzles. Solving the color sequence, the sport events, and the math problems were fun!” was the enthusiasm of a 1-1 student.
“We were able to work together. It was really difficult, but everyone was able to find the answer while sharing ideas,” recalled a 1-3 student. “That refreshing feeling when I understood the answer, it was amazing!!”
The final puzzle was completed by almost all the teams. “We were very impatient, so when we finished in first place, I was happy. There were some hard problems, but solving them were great,” the winning 1-2 team reflected. The first three teams that finished all the puzzles received a keychain, along with bragging rights.
Why should we do escape rooms?
“Everything was very fun!” was a common answer.
“Because there was a lot of English, I want to study English harder,” decided a 1-1 student.
“I think our team work level went up,” commented another 1-2 student.
“The hardest was the Art puzzle. However, after I heard the reasoning for the answer, it was so easy that I was surprised,” a student of 1-2 remembered.
“There were various difficulties, but because we tried our best we had fun,” a different 1-2 student shared. Even if a team didn’t finish within the time limit, they still enjoyed themselves. With the power of teamwork, creativity, and critical thinking, this activity was a great success!
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