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"Harmony, Tradition, and Elegance: A Celebration of Japanese Culture"

Greetings, culture enthusiasts! On January 24th, Zealive Institute of New Zealand provided the opportunity to explore the vibrant world within our Japanese Language Hub. Nestled at the heart of our institution, this hub was more than a space for learning; it was a cultural haven where language, tradition, and community converge.




Adding to these multilingual students from the University of Auckland, we had five Japanese students from different levels of English to showcase their culture and share their experiences in New Zealand as international students.


Unveiling the Beauty of Traditional Celebrations and Events

From the enchanting beauty of New Year's to Hanami, this celebration transported students to the heart of Japan's cultural tapestry. Japanese Language Hub started with an attractive display of traditional celebrations passed down through generations. The showcase kicked off with the breathtaking beauty of Hanami, the traditional cherry blossom viewing. The celebration continued with the Japanese Coming of Age, which is a poignant reflection of Japan's rich cultural heritage and the societal importance placed on the transition to adulthood. 

Students from other parts of the world were amazed by the heritage of traditions and were able to experience all the seasons of the beauty of Japan by just being in Auckland. 

Moreover, the “how-to-use-chopstics” lecture with a little fun game was enjoyable and surprised students who have never used chopsticks before with how hard it is to master chopsticks. 




Culinary Delights: A Feast for the Senses

No celebration of Japanese culture is complete without a culinary journey. The presentation featured a delectable array of sushi, Takoyaki, and traditional sweets meticulously crafted by expert chefs. The students were drawn to experiencing the perfect blend of flavors that Japanese cuisine is renowned for.

Japanese cuisine is a celebration of diversity, precision, and respect for the natural flavors of each ingredient. Japanese students offered a sensory adventure that appreciates the tradition to other international students through the Japanese Language Hub.


Celebrating Diversity in Unity

Throughout the event, cultural exhibits and displays provided a glimpse into Japan's rich heritage. From historical celebrations to contemporary events, every corner told a story. The students explored the intricate details of Japanese history, architecture, and artistic expression.


As the event unfolded, it became clear that the essence of Japanese culture lies in its ability to celebrate diversity while maintaining a sense of unity. Students from various backgrounds came together, sharing their appreciation of their mother culture as well as their experience in New Zealand as international students. 





Closing Thoughts: Arigatou Gozaimasu!

Our Japanese Language Hub was a celebration of more than just traditions; it was a celebration of the shared human experience. We extend our deepest gratitude to all who joined us on this cultural journey. Arigatou Gozaimasu for being a part of this memorable event, and we look forward to continuing our exploration of the world's diverse cultures together.


 

Follow us on Instagram and Facebook, and pay close attention to our website for updates on future cultural celebrations and events! 🌸🎉.


Our next language hub will be about Thai culture! We will continue to explore, learn, and celebrate the richness of languages and cultures that unite us all. 


Topic: Sharing Thai Culture in English 

Date: Wednesday, 7th, Feb. 2024

Time: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location: Zealive Institute of New Zealand

Level 10, 67 Symonds Street, Grafton, Auckland


Zealive is dedicated to creating a distinctive, engaging, and non-commercial free "Language Hub" Our core mission remains to offer a Hub that goes beyond English language learning and fosters multicultural exchange.

We invite you to join us at Zealive Institute, sharing a variety of stories from our language-learning journeys!


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