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'Encountering Japanese' Workshops - Discover Japan's rich history & futuristic innovations!

For #ThinkLanguages Week 2023, the UCD Centre for Japanese Studies provides free Transition Year sessions with support from (opens in a new window)Language Connect on ‘My Japan’ and a ‘Wadaiko Experience’. These are highly interactive, enhancing global awareness and cultural understanding - feel the energy of Japan! 
If interested, Secondary Schools and TY Coordinators should email (opens in a new window)Japan@ucd.ie with the subject ‘#ThinkLanguages’


  • My Japan: Led by UCD undergraduate and postgraduate students well-versed in Japanese languages and culture, this Workshop offers students a captivating cultural journey. Explore Japanese traditions, language, cuisine, Manga, Anime, and Pop Fashion. Engage in interactive sessions and personal stories, fostering a deeper appreciation of Japan's creativity and global influence, enhancing global awareness and cultural understanding.
  • Wadaiko Experience: Immerse in rhythmic mastery at the Taiko Drum Workshop. Designed for TY students, it explores Japanese drumming, from basic beats to intricate rhythms. Taiko blends music, culture, and athleticism for all. Unearth the ancient history and potency of this art, from military origins to its sacred role in Japanese religions. Embrace the vibrant modern resurgence in Japan and worldwide. Join us and feel the beat!

Some Details:

  • Each workshop is 40-50 minutes long
  • We need a classroom plus a data projector to accommodate 20-40 students per session
  • The two sessions can be scheduled on separate weekdays or consecutively on the same day
  • ‘My Japan’ is a prerequisite for the ‘Wadaiko Experience’ Workshop
  • We can offer both sessions concurrently to accommodate a larger number