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Apr 11, 2021

Successful Workshop on Japanese Cultural Awareness for Advanced Level Teachers

LNBTI with Budo Culture Research & Training Institute successfully organized a workshop on Japanese cultural awareness for advance level teachers teaching Japanese language & subjects of science & technology streams of prominent schools on 11th April 2021. This session was conducted by Mr. Keerthi Wickramaratne, the president of Budo Culture Research & Training Institute which is recognized by the Embassy of Japan Sri Lanka.

The workshop commenced with the lighting of the traditional oil lamp followed by the addressing of the participants by the Chairman of LNBTI Mr. Koga Michio explaining the vision of LNBTI and the importance of enhancing the relationship between the two countries by respecting both cultures through theses activities. Prof. Ananda Kumara the founding Dean & Professor, Faculty of Foreign Studies, Meijo University also addressed the gathering and explained the importance of understanding the cultures better and the fact that many activities will be done to bring both cultures closer so that Sri Lankan students can take advantage of many career opportunities available in Japan. Mr. Saman Kumara, Director of LNBTI also addressed the gathering explaining how LNBTI has come a long way to create a very promising pathway to Sri Lankan students a promising pathway to obtain a Japanese IT degree and be employed in Japan.

The workshop kick started with the display of Japanese traditional Tea Ceremony which was performed by Mrs.Lalani Wickramaratne, who is trained for many years to perform Tea Ceremonies. All participants were served with tea in traditional tea bowls. Thereafter Mr. Keerthi Wickramaratne explained the day’s cultural activities which included kyudo ceremony & demonstration, kendo kata demonstration, and Ki Aikido demonstration followed by allowing the participated teachers to experience these traditional tools & techniques. It was an excellent opportunity for the teachers to interact with fellow teachers, LNBTI & Budo Culture Research & Training Institute staff to experience Japanese culture. All participants enthusiastically engaged in experiencing these activities and the rich Japanese culture. The participants were offered a scrumptious Japanese lunch which was another aspect of the Japanese culture and much enjoyed by all teachers.

Finally in the last agenda item, Keerthi sensei explained the importance and relevance of all activities which were displayed and experienced by the teaching staff. He explained that today’s prosperity, Peace, social and cultural advancement in Japan directly and indirectly influenced by their rich and strong culture and their way of life. The WAY or DO in many fields in Japan mostly nourished by the Samurai culture, which existed through 1100years until Meiji restoration in AD 1868. Shido- The way of the Samurai and their code of ethics were highlighted in this Japanese cultural awareness program and workshop for the teaching staff and emphasized, taught, and passed the Samurai philosophy of the universe and code of ethics to the teachers. For an example Samurai respected their enemy as themselves with dignity. SAMURAI means to SERVE the load or superior. Kanji (Japanese character) can be translated to “Person and Temple”. That means Samurais maintained inner peace and acted as a worrier at the same time.

Manners and discipline in day-to-day life in every part of the Japanese society is highly respected by every layers of the society. This is called SHI – FUU and can be translate to wind of Samurai. Wind to express life (Wisdom, Love and Courage) so SHI FUU blow from hearts of the Samurai that others can feel and sense. 19th century samurai Yukichi Fukusawa was the founder of the KEIO University (One of the best universities in Japan) Teaching and Passing Shi-Fuu to future generations is important to polish our cultural, social and daily life and for a better & a balanced future.

Mr. Keerthi Wickramaratne finally explained the importance of teachers applying these learnings practically in the classroom to maintain psychological balance & concentration of students and promote peace, harmony and discipline among youth and society. He concluded by saying that both cultures have many similarities in many aspects and if Japan has created a peaceful, harmonious and disciplined society, so can we.

The closing remarks were delivered by Dr. Thilak Chaminda (Head of academic affairs at LNBTI) explaining LNBTI model which consist of a clear and an excellent pathway for students who looks forward to pursue their higher education in the field of ICT to complete a degree from a prestigious Japanese university and work as an IT professional & a rewarding career as Japan requires many IT professionals for the next decade and encouraged all teaching staff to inform all students to take advantage of these clear and rewarding opportunities. All teaching staff were very happy and appreciated LNBTI & Budo Culture Research & Training Institute for organizing this workshop as teachers from science & technology streams experienced the Japanese rich culture which they had only heard of and Japanese language teachers got closer to the culture through experiencing for themselves. LNBTI will organize many events of this nature and all who wish to take part in their future activities, please be in touch with LNBTI through their official website.

Invitation to the “Japanese Cultural Awareness Workshop”

It is our Honor to cordially invite all A/L Teachers in the Japanese Language and Science & Technology streams) for the “Japanese Cultural Awareness Workshop” to experience the Rich Japanese Culture!

This program will be conducted by a renowned facilitator for Japanese Culture.

Date: 11th April 2021
Time: 09.30am
Click here for the Location: KyudoLanka Kyudojo

For more Information please refer the below Agenda and feel free to call 077 336 0000

We Appreciate your Confirmation of Participation in advance!

Thank you!