On 21st May, the Graduation Ceremony of the Japanese Language Course in Cairo was held. A total of 24 students graduated. 8 students of them finished level 10 (considered as intermediate & advanced level), 12 of them finished level 6 (considered as beginner level) and 4 of them finished Japanese Language Teachers Training Course. During the ceremony graduates gave their speeches, sang songs and recited Haiku poems composed by them in Japanese to show guests what they learned during the courses.
These are messages from a teacher and a graduate.
1. Message from Ms. SAKEMI, Shinako (Chief Lecturer/ Japanese-Language Education Advisor)
I was deeply impressed with your Haiku, speeches and songs at the graduating ceremony. So many students also said that they would continue their Japanese studies even after having finished the courses. Work hard for your goals graduates, and always remember that we are here supporting your dreams.
2. Message from Ms. Eman Abd El Radi (one of the graduates of level 10)
This is Why I Want to Join You
Through my readings and interactions with my Japanese professors and friends I was able to recognize some characteristics of the Japanese personality, although I think I still need more study.
The Japanese people’s ability to hold on to their heritage and cultural roots did not stop them from adopting the means of modern development to the extent that they became a symbol of development in our age.
Perhaps more study would enable me to understand the nature of Japanese people who were able to combine adhering to their culture and heritage while developing at the same time, especially since Arabs like me are always accused of racism and rigidity because we cling to our cultural roots while neglecting development, and the West is accused of letting go of its heritage and cultural ideology and adhering only to what is modern and developed. In my opinion, only the Japanese people have managed to combine those two.
I have ambitions to transfer this characteristic of Japanese people after I have had enough experiences which tell of the uniqueness of this people, especially since I know how badly my society needs this, and since Egypt’s history is filled with successful examples of those who have been able to change the face of life in Egypt in the age of Mohammed Ali and later such as Refa’a Eltahtawy, Gamal Eldin Elafaghany and Mohamed Abdo. They were able to do this through transferring cultural elements and the civilizations of western societies to our society.
Whoever studies Egyptian and Japanese history will notice that both were, in several different stages of history, in a race after all that was modern and which could help the progress of their people. In the Egyptian renaissance of Mohammed Ali’s age Japan sent many missions which included pioneers such as Fukuzawa Yukichi to benefit and transfer the latest developments reached by the Egyptian society since at that time we were using railroads, telegraphs and other modern means.
But, after World War II when Japan suffered horribly and during which Egypt was under British colonial rule which negatively affected Egyptian society, Japan managed to make a technological leap to become a major power in the world, while we in Egypt were not able to rise after our independence.
All of this makes me eager and careful to learn more about the culture and ideology of this wonderful people and to transfer this knowledge to Egypt so it can rise once more.
This is why I want to join you.
Presented to you by Iman Abdelrady