Friday, 16 December 2016

Day 1: こんにちは=Kon'nichiwa

Hello or should I say Kon'nichiwa (こんにちは )!

In the Holidays' I'll be learning abut Japan and pretending I'm travelling in Japan, and you can join me! Japan is a country in the Pacific ocean made up of 6,852 islands. The four largest islands are called: Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu and Shikoku. Japan is located to the east of Russia, China and Korea.

The population in Japan is unreal... just about 127.1 million people are living there. There are four main cities. These cities are Kyoto, Hiroshima, Sendai and Osaka. Tokyo is the capital city of Japan. The *climate in Japan is mostly temperate however, it does *vary from north to south with colder temperatures (including snow) found in the north.

Japan is knowen for Sumo wrestling, baseball, football (soccer), judo, karate and kendo. Japan has 4 national lcons: 1. The cherry blossom tree, 2. The koi fish, 3. The red-crowned crane (bird), 4. The lychee fruit.

I choose Japan as my country because I've heard a lot of urben legends, I love there Cherry Blossom tree's and I am a third Asian.

*Climate means temperature
*Vary means to change or alter


  1. Kon'nichiwa Jessica,

    WOW. This is a stunning blog post! I was absolutely blown away when I read it. You have put in such a fantastic effort. Well done!!!

    I had the opportunity to live in Japan teaching English for about a year in 2005/2006. I lived with a girl from New Zealand (Melanie) in a small city in the mountains called Nagano City. It was beautiful! We had the most amazing temple in the centre of the city that we would often visit on our days off. The temple was called 'Togakushi.'

    I hope that you will really enjoy learning all about Japan over the next 6 weeks. I think that you will particularly enjoy it because you have a family connection to Asian region (being 1/3 Asian) and you love the national flower of Japan - the cherry blossom. Did you know that it's one of my favourites as well?

    Keep up the great work, Jessica. You are a blogging superstar!

    Rachel :)

  2. Kon'nicihiwa Jessica,
    My name is Tania and I am a Manaiakalani Outreach Facilitator - I work in lots of different schools with teachers and learners who, like you, are using chromebooks for their learning and blogs to share their learning. I have been emailing with Rachel and she has told me all about The Summer Learning Journey so I thought I'd check out some of the blogsposts. I am amazed at how much you have done already. I like that you have chosen Japan because I have been to Japan and I have my brother and sister-in-law and their 3 children living there. My brother-in-law is the Principal of Yokohama International School. One of my favourite places in Japan was Mt Fuji. It is beautiful when it is covered in snow. One day I would like to go and climb Mt Fuji. I look forward to following your virtual trip to Japan and learning alongside you.

  3. Bula vinaka Jessica,

    Wow!! What an awesome start to your Summer Learning Journey. Thank you so much for joining us, I'm already looking forward to reading the rest of your blogs and following your learning journey :-)

    My name is Dan, and I'm working alongside Rachel and Mark over the summer. I'm lucky enough to be able to read your blogs and I'll be leaving comments as I go. If you want to reply to my comments then please do! I'd love to know what you think, or if you have any questions, feel free to ask away.

    I really like all the facts you have included about Japan in your blog, I feel like I'm already learning so much from you! The pictures you used are a beautiful representation of Japan. I think you chose a fantastic country to learn about because Japan has such an interesting and unique culture. You mentioned that you had heard a lot of urban legends about Japan. What were some of the ones that stood out to you?

    This is an AWESOME start to your Summer Learning Journey Jessica, I am so impressed. I think you're going to have a lot of fun learning about Japan, particularly because of your own cultural connections to the area.

    Keep up the amazing work!!