‘Yawata Primary, Soma City, Fukushima’

Yawata Primary School, Soma City, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, is rather unique in that, following Japan’s new school curriculum it introduced the teaching of English, but, unlike other schools, it also started to teach its children a local folk music, including traditional tunes. Internationalisation and localisation go hand in hand.

The school exchanges pictures with Hillhead Primary School, Glasgow, Scotland.

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Camera: Fumi Nakabachi
Directed and edited by: Yushin Toda
Producer: Fumi Nakabachi and Yushin Toda, Japan Desk Scotland
5 minutes
©Japan Desk Scotland 2014

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This was made as part of JDS’s  documentary films production.

This has been screened:

(1) on 6 November 2014 at Hillhead Primary School, Glasgow, Scotland;

(2) on 19 September 2016 at Cumbernauld Academy, North Lanarkshire, Scotland, as part of the ‘Japanese Club’;

(3) on 6 October 2016 at Carmyle Primary School, Glasgow, Scotland, as part of a workshop on Japan for P6 class;

(4) on 2 November 2016 at Blacklaw Primary School, East Kilbride, Scotland, as part of a workshop on Japan for P7 class;

(5) on 25 November 2016 at Stenhousemuir primary School, Falkirk, Scotland, as part of a workshop on Japan for three P7 classes;

(6) on 17 March 2017 at New Monkland Primary School, North Lanarkshire, Scotland, as part of a workshop on Japan for two P7 classes;

(7) on 11 May 2017 at Clydemuir Primary School, West Dunbartonshire, Scotland, as part of a workshop on Japan for P3 and P4 classes;

(8) on 1 June 2017 at Kilbarchan Primary School, Renfrewshire, Scotland, as part of a workshop on Japan for P6/5 class;

(9) on 6 September 2017 at Scotstown Primary School, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, as part of workshops for P6/7 and P7 classes;

(10) on 13 September 2017 at Fordbank Primary School, Renfrewshire, Scotland, as part of a workshop on Japan for P7 class;

(11) on 4 October 2017 at Lochgelly Primary School, Fife, Scotland, as part of a workshop on Japan for P7 class;

(12) on 5 and 9 October 2017 at Hyndland Primary School, Glasgow, Scotland, as part of a workshop for two P5 classes;

(13) on 12 October 2017 at St Patrick’s Primary School, Strathaven, South Lanarkshire, Scotland, as part of a workshop for P6/7 class;

(14) on 30 October 2017 at Cumbernauld Academy, North Lanarkshire, Scotland, as part of the ‘Japanese Club’ on Japanese education;

(15) on 1 November 2017 at Woodside Primary School, Hamilton, South Lanarkshire, Scotland, as part of a workshop for two P5 classes;

(16) on 16 November 2017 at Warout Primary School, Glenrothes, Fife, Scotland, as part of a workshop on Japan for P7 class;

(17) on 22 November 2017 at Sandwood Primary School, Glasgow, Scotland, as part of a workshop on Japan for P6 class; and

(18) on 23 November 2017 at Colgrain Primary School, Helensburgh, Argyll and Bute, Scotland, as part of a workshop on Japan for P7 class.