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Pelham Manor Students Learn Japanese Calligraphy

PELHAM, N.Y. – Laura Pelin’s Siwanoy Elementary third-graders have been immersed in the Japanese culture for the past few weeks and on Wednesday they learned about Japanese calligraphy.

Kazuko Omori, who was born in Japan and now lives in Croton-on-Hudson, taught the students how to draw a volcano and spell their names using Japanese characters. The BOCES Japanese language and art instructor was thrilled with how well the 18 kids did.

“They did great – excellent,” said Omori who has been working at BOCES for seven years. “I’m so delighted to see all these kids enthusiastically learn my culture.”

Omori also taught the students how to say hello and goodbye in Japanese in addition to the numbers one through five in Japan. She said that the third-graders are at a great age because of their curiosity about other countries and cultures.

The class has also been learning about Japanese food, origami, sumo wrestling and Zen garden, Pelin said. She was thankful to find Omori, who she called a wonderful woman.

“Having them do calligraphy – it’s something they’ve been learning in the chapters we’re reading, but having them actually put it into practice was the perfect addition to this year’s festival,” said Pelin.

Omori said that she had a good time and was glad to see the kids were focused along with doing neat work.

Their exploration into Japanese culture will conclude Friday with a festival.

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