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The Nature Book of Japan

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The project “The Nature Book of Japan” focuses on colors, shapes, characters, geography, history and culture in the names of flora and fauna. This is a method for vocabulary accumulation used in the Japanese Language and Culture Studio GENGO. Meant for those, who wish to add Japanese knowledge to their own profession.

14th World Children’s Haiku Contest Award Ceremony

On June 17, 2016, at Misiņa Academic Library of Latvian University, Japanese language and Culture Studio GENGO held an award ceremony for the JAL Foundation 14th World Children’s Haiku Contest participants.

The contest was held for children under 15 who were given the opportunity to compose haiku and draw a related picture that would encompass their understanding of this year’s theme: ‘Morning’. Over 500 children from across Latvia were submitting their creative works till February 15, and on the 1st of April, a committee decided on the final set of works and participants. The evaluation included checking that the work corresponded to the proposed theme, that the drawing was related to the composed haiku, overall creativity and individuality, and the positive message, sent by the work.

Committee members/Independent judges:

  • Misiņa Academic Library of Latvian University Director Venta Kocere;
  • Latvian animation and producer Roze Stiebre;
  • Latvian writer Juris Zvirgzdiņš;
  • Japanese Language and Culture Studio GENGO headmistress Brigita Baiba Krūmiņa;
  • Japanese Language and Culture Studio GENGO deputy head Darja Grehova;
  • Ministry of Education and Science, Political Initiative and Development Department project manager and GENGO student Karīna Tkačuka.

Japanese Language and Culture Studio GENGO would like to express deep gratitude to all the children for their contributions, to their teachers and family, to committee members, and, of course, to all the laureates and supporters for their presence at the local contest closing ceremony.

The list of award-winning works is available here.

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