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Music in Our Heart
27 August, 2019
On Saturday 3 August, our Japanese students, teachers and parents came together to celebrate Japanese Cultural Day at the Blackburn VSL centre with traditional Japanese music and dance.

This year we were fortunate to have Murasaki No Kai (a group of experienced Japanese traditional dance instructors) from Monash University Japanese Study Centre to teach our students Bon Odori, that is a style of dancing performed during Obon (a traditional Summer Festival). Bon Odori music, words and dance are different throughout Japan, depending of the area. Students, teachers and parents also danced Tank Bushi (song about coal mining) and it will be used for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Besides dancing, our students also dressed into Yukata, which is a Japanese garment or casual summer kimono. We are very thankful to have the support from Monash University Japanese Study Centre. At the end of the day, all the students watched our special guests’ dance performance and altogether, once more danced the Tanko Bushi in big circles.

A special mention to our VSL student, Zoe, who gave the thank you speech to our parents and special guests in Japanese language. Well done, Zoe!
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