■“Japan Youth Conference in Aberdeen” - Report
On Tuesday 27 September, “Japan Youth Conference in Aberdeen” was held in Aberdeen. This event was organized by a convener of the Japanese Language Group Dr Judith McClure, and supported by the Japan Foundation, University of Edinburgh, Robert Gordon’s College, which provided the venue, and the Consulate General of Japan in Edinburgh.
The attendees were from primary school pupils to university students, and the morning session started with a speech by Consul General Mr Matsunaga, followed by presentations including two model university students sharing their experiences of learning Japanese and pupils from Kirkwall Grammar School in Orkney giving a presentation on their cultural exchanges between those from Kamaishi High School in Iwate prefecture.
The morning session was closed by a powerful Karate performance led by Mr Ronnie Watt, one of the most prominent Karate masters in the UK. In the afternoon, four different sessions were held in separate rooms - Taiko drumming tester session, a lecture on Japanese popular culture, Japanese language tester session for pupils and one for teachers. The participants of the conference enjoyed learning about Japan and the Japanese language throughout the day.