Chopstick skills get a lift at Japan camp
Japan camp a fantastic experienceAMELIA RITCHIE
One of the trickiest skills Inglewood Primary School pupils had to grasp on a Japan-themed camp was mastering the chopsticks.
In preparation for the weekend camp the children learned the ancient art through playing games such as chopstick races and, of course, trying their hand at eating with the utensils.
"It was difficult starting to use the chopsticks, but then I got the hang of it," Jacob Thomson, whose favourite part of camp was eagerly tucking into the noodles on offer, said.
Vicki Ritchie, the teacher behind the camp, said she had always incorporated Japanese language and art into her teaching, and the children enjoyed it and were inspired by what they learned.
"It's just been a fantastic experience for the students," she said of the two-day camp held over the weekend at the school's hall, which had been decorated for the occasion.
This year Ken and Sophie Kurota, who own the Sushi Ninja restaurant in New Plymouth, came out and taught the students different ways to make and roll sushi.
Not content with learning how to make sushi with the Kurotas, the children also had a go at making tempura, onigiri and udon noodles.
They also learned basic sentences in Japanese, made Koi Nobori kites, got to dress in traditional kimono and tried their hand at calligraphy and creating bamboo art.
The camp was "fantastic" Emma Mahony said, while classmate Bayley Knofflock didn't want it to end. "It should be three days long," she said.
Amelia Ritchie is a Witt journalism student.
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