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Exploring Japanese culture - Sanka Days at Imperial

April 26, 2012

Exploring Japanese culture - Sanka Days at Imperial

Dancing, drums and judo aren’t top of the list of subjects you would expect to learn at Imperial, but they were the core curriculum for the 100 school children visiting the College for its second Sanka Day last week.

Imperial’s Sanka Day, Sanka being the Japanese word for “participation”, brought local primary school children to the South Kensington Campus to learn more about Japanese culture and history. The day is inspired by Imperial’s role as hosts to Japanese athletes during this year’s Olympics, and is also an opportunity for the children to visit a university campus, as well as learning more about the upcoming games.

Alongside some traditional Japanese dancing, and trying a few Judo moves, the children turned their hand to Taiko drumming and had a language lesson. Sanka Day also welcomed a film crew from NHK, the Japan Broadcasting Corporation. They were visiting to film the day as well as some of the sports facilities Imperial will be providing to Japanese Olympic competitors, for use in their sports news broadcasts.

The day was organised by Sport Imperial, with support from the rest of the Commercial Services Division, following the first Sanka Day in September last year. Another will follow in May 2012.


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