Kindergarten students celebrated Japanese culture, customs and cuisine during a feast on Thursday, March 8.
The event is the culmination of six weeks of study of the island nation, including language, food, geography and history.
The students dressed in brightly colored kimonos and gathered around the tables to sip tea and sample chicken teriyaki, rice, sushi, edamame, dumplings, and ice cream. They enjoyed using chopsticks and listening to teachers and parent volunteers explain the traditions involved in Japanese dining.
During the unit, they learned to count to ten in Japanese and how to write Kanji numbers. They studied traditional dress, landmarks, climate and vegetation. Teachers say experiencing another culture helps them make connections to the world around them.