Hello. We are Kotenbungakukenkyubu. It means classical literature research club. We play “Karuta”. “Karuta” is a popular card game based on the hyakunin isshu poems. Hyakunin isshu is a collection of 100 old Japanese waka poems, one each by 100 poets. Karuta plays one to one and we use 50 random cards and put 25 cards each on our positions on Tatami. Then, we scramble for 50 cards one at a time, when we hear the sentence the card is about end. If I take a card of opponent, I can send my card opponent from my position. In the end, I win when my position’s cards run out.
We are active three days a week and we participate in a national competition. The club members are cheerful beyond grade and are very friendly. I hope everyone can know about the merits of our club.

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We are the calligraphy club. Calligraphy is a creative art form which attempts to express spiritual depth and beauty by means of kanji and kana characters written with a brush and sumi (ink). All the Calligraphy members have good hand writing.

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School Festival 6

There was a school festival last weekend. I introduced about food at the festival. There were many kinds of food in our festival. For example, ice-cream, yakisoba, noodle, bread and rice balls, and so on. Each of them was very cheap and delicious.

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School Festival 5

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Some of the students played as an ensemble and performed plays on the stage. These groups performed this year; Koto club, classical guitar club, chorus club, string music club, drama club, Kichihonshingeki and shunjukyosokyoku. All the performances were wonderful.

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School Festival 4

We held a school festival at our school. I will introduce the dances. Many groups of dancers performed. Their dances were wonderful. I got goose bumps. It moved my heart. They practiced very hard. A lot of their supporters came. They figured out the right fashion, so they we very cute. Please come to our school festival. Thanks for reading.

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This week the students from Notre Dame are visiting our school. They attended some classes with us and we interacted with each other. On June 22, we had a small welcome party after school. First, we introduced ourselves, and shared our hobbies and favorite things. Then we played some games to learn more about each other. The first game was a gesture game. It was so hard that we couldn’t correctly answer at once. The next game was a rhythm game. They also told us about American rhythm games. Last of all we discussed peace. We had a fulfilling and pleasant time! We wanted to talk with them much longer, so we reluctantly finished the party. I hope we have much more opportunities to communicate with foreign people in the future.

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School Festival 3

I’ll talk about our school festival, especially the bands. Our school festival has many bands. But the bands mustn’t use electric guitar or drums. This is different point with other school festivals. So the bands use acoustic guitars and keyboards and the keyboard’s drums. The bands are very wonderful, so many people come.
Please come to our school festival next year!

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School Festival 2

Hello. This time we’ll introduce the swimming club in our School Festival. You could do physical fitness tests there. For example, how flexible you are, lung capacity, grip, and biological clock.
You could get points according to your strength. And you are given a prize by the points.
The arch with balloons is a guide to the room. There is the word “SWIM” on the floor in front of the room. The swimming club is very popular. Please come in.

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School Festival 1

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We held the school festival on May 27, 28. The festival’s theme was “Revolution” which means something different from before. So we prepared the program for success of this, and the members of the school executive committee played a central role. Programs were, for example, school bands, haunted house and so on. We prepared with joy!

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Rakugo and paper cutting

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On June 8, we enjoyed Rakugo, which is one of the Japanese traditional comic stories, and paper cutting. Rakugo’s roots date back to the 16th century and it became popular in the 19th century. One performer dresses in a kimono, and while telling the story he can only use a folding fan and towel as props. The performer tells us a story by himself, so he needs to act every character who appears in the story alone. So the performer changes his voices, gestures or facial expressions to show each character.
That day, we heard several stories which were “Time-Noodles” and “Hatsu Tenjin” and so on. Also paper cutting was awesome! The performer cut paper at once into many interesting shapes, for example a running horse ridden a boy on its back and a girl playing with a sparkler and so on.

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