WATERLOO, Ontario (October 24, 2011) This Saturday, October 29, will mark the official grand opening of the Sakura Japanese Language School at Renison University College.
The event begins at 11:00 am and will feature a number of speakers: Consul General Eiji Yamamoto, Consulate General of Japan (Toronto); Peter Braid, MP Kitchener-Waterloo; Stephen Woodworth, MP Kitchener; Elizabeth Witmer, MPP Kitchener-Waterloo; and Ken Seiling, Waterloo Regional Chair. There will also be a Mochi making demonstration beginning at 10:30 am.
The Sakura program is currently open to children four to six years of age and teaches the fundamentals of reading, writing, speaking, and listening to Japanese. The lessons will also teach students about Japanese culture. Classes began on September 10 and run every Saturday from 1 – 3 pm. The program can currently accommodate 15 students.
Dr. Glenn F. Cartwright, Principal of Renison, says the program was started with the support of individual donors and the Japan Foundation. Dr. Cartwright says that this program will fill a small but very important niche in the Kitchener-Waterloo area.
“Although the principal work of Renison University College is undergraduate education, the college is pleased to meet a perceived need in the community for Japanese Language teaching to children. The language pre-school complements nicely our existing programs in East Asian Studies and strengthens our links to the Japanese community.”