Nihon No Kaori, the Interschool Japanese Language Festival at DPS R.K.Puram

‘Nihon No Kaori’, the Annual Interschool Japanese Language Festival, organized by the DPS Society was held at DPS R.K Puram on 9th November 2011. The Principal, Dr. D.R. Saini, welcomed all the guests. Mr Ashok Chandra, Chairman of DPS Society also graced the occasion. The chief guest for the occasion was Mr Ryoji Noda, Director, Japan Information Center. The Guests of Honour were Mr Katsuma Doi, Director, The Japan Foundation and Mr Shinichi Yamanaka, Chief Representative, JICA. Other guests included Professor A Mani, Vice President Asia Pacific University, Japan; Mr Yuji Yamamoto, a calligraphy artist and the principals of various participating schools. 27 schools participated in the festival.

The objective of the festival was to celebrate and promote the Japanese language as well as the celebration of the Japanese spirit of ‘Wa’- harmony. The festival comprised six events, namely, poster making, calligraphy and fancy dress , group song, story telling and the ad zap competition, which were judged by eminent personalities from JOCV, JICA and JNU. These competitions showcased the talent of students from schools across Delhi and surrounding regions. The events saw some truly exuberant and enthralling performances. Mr Shinichi, Mr Doi and Mr Noda appreciated the display of Japanese culture. The Chairman addressed the students and expressed the view that, “learning a language cannot be the end in itself, we also need to learn about the culture and ethos.” An entertaining talk show was conducted about the similarities and dissimilarities of India and Japan.

Finally, the prize distribution ceremony was held. In the group song competition the second runners-up were DPS Sonepat and Bluebells School, the first runners up, Ramjas school, and the first prize went to DPS Rohini. For the fancy dress competition, second runners up were DPS Noida, first runners up DPS Maruti Kunj and the first prize was bagged by DPS Panipat. DPS Dwarka were the second runners-up in the story telling competition, the first runners up was Arwachin International School and the first prize was won by DPS R.K Puram.

In the calligraphy, the second runners were up Bluebells school; first runners up, DPS R.K Puram; and Arwachin International School and DPS Indirapuram tied for the first prize. For poster making, 2nd runners up prize went to DPS Greater Noida and DPS Vasant Kunj , first runners up to DPS East of Kailash and the first prize was won by Bluebells school. Finally, in the ad zap competition, second runners-up was DPS Indirapuram, first runners up, DPS RK Puram and the first prize went to DPS Noida.

The ceremony concluded with a vote of thanks by Ms Vanita Sehgal, the Headmistress of middle school and the co-ordinator of the event. This was followed by the national anthems of the two countries. The event as Prof Mani said, “provided a strong bridge between the two countries and the various schools”.

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