Grains of Hope, is a Japanese Language class for non-Japanese residents in Sendai. This class started in back in October so that the students could study for the National Japanese Proficiency Language test in December. After the test was over they wanted to continue to study Japanese, especially kanji (the Chinese characters used in written Japanese). When we started the class again in January, we added several new members.
They have been studying kanji now for four months. On May 18th there will be a graduation ceremony. During the ceremony we are having a speech competition and cultural presentation. In preparation for the competition we had a mini-tournament. Everyone had to write a speech about what the phrase “let us walk together” means to them. They have done a wonderful job with the speeches. It is further proof that they have come a long way in only a short amount of time.