PUPILS at Alfredton Primary School threw away the knives and forks for chopsticks yesterday as part of the school’s annual Japanese Day celebrations.
The school’s interior was transformed into a traditional Japanese wonderland for the day, with flags, cherry blossom and traditional costumes dotted throughout the school.
This year, the school invited staff from Ballarat’s Asahi restaurant to speak to the school’s pupils about all things Japanese, including food, culture and eating etiquette.
Alfredton Primary School acting principal Julie-Clare Vivian said it was great to have Asahi come aboard and offer the children tasting plates with sashimi, toasted seaweed and green tea lattes.
“Our art teachers have been busy with their classes making the decorations and classroom teachers have also been providing information on Japanese culture and tradition,” she said.
“We offer Japanese as our language other than English (LOTE), so it’s great to have this day every year celebrating Japanese culture.”
Many pupils came to school dressed in traditional Japanese garb, while staff and even parents also got into the act.
Alfredton Primary School hold Japanese Day each year.