News

Gladstone students given a taste of Japanese culture

CULTURE: Kylie Pajonk from Faith Baptist School has her face painted.
CULTURE: Kylie Pajonk from Faith Baptist School has her face painted. Andrew Thorpe

ALMOST 1000 students visited another corner of the world yesterday at the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum.

The venue opened its doors to the region's schools as part of Saiki Children's Day, an annual event designed to offer local kids a glimpse into the lives of their peers in Japan.

The special day is modelled after Japan's Children's Day, a national holiday and centuries-old tradition that celebrates children's health and happiness.

Saiki is Gladstone's sister city in Japan.

Visiting students were treated to Kabuki-style face painting, kimono and happi coat dress-ups and a range of Japanese art and craft activities.

They made origami samurai helmets, paper bullet trains and colourful harajuku bracelets, as well as collages of cherry blossom trees and the great wave of Kanagawa.

 

Clinton State School 6A and 6B students with teacher Ron Barron.
Clinton State School 6A and 6B students with teacher Ron Barron. Andrew Thorpe

Kin Kora State School students Mjae Wilson and Brady Blake, who both study Japanese at school, couldn't get enough of the day's activities.

"We've made waves, we've had our face painted, we've made bracelets," Mjae said.

"There's lots to do. When we were at school we painted cherry blossoms."

Both Mjae and Brady were big fans of the Children's Day concept.

"I like the idea of having a day," Brady said.

"It's pretty exciting," Mjae agreed.

"In Japan they have a lot of different stalls but they also have things like kites during the day."

 

Faith Baptist School students (L-R) Amelia, Kylie, Pippa, Jackson and Zante.
Faith Baptist School students (L-R) Amelia, Kylie, Pippa, Jackson and Zante. Andrew Thorpe

Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum public programs and promotions officer Maddie Cook said 931 students were due to come through the doors yesterday.

"This year's actually a record breaker ... it's crazy," Maddie laughed.

"Every year gets busier and busier.

"Often (the students) learn Japanese at school, so it's another way of tapping into that as well, another way of learning.

"It's always a good day, it's a really fun time for all of us as well."

The event was started by the Gladstone Saiki Sister City Advisory Committee and supported by Gladstone Regional Council.

The concept of sister cities originated shortly after the Second World War as a way to encourage understanding between nations - and ultimately move towards bringing about world peace.

Australia adopted the practice in 1980.

Saiki, a coastal city of similar size to Gladstone on Japan's southern island of Kyushu, has been our sister city since 1996.

In addition to Saiki Children's Day, the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum works with students in Saiki to conduct a children's art exchange every year, as well as a combined exhibition of photographs.

The remaining craft activities and dress-ups left over from Saiki Children's Day will be available for use by the general public until 5pm on Saturday, May 27.

Topics:  gladstone regional art gallery and museum gladstone schools japan japanese culture saiki saiki children's day

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Husband and wife team take top khanacross spots

RALLY CHAMPS: Outright winner Tim Hall with close runner-up and wife Kym Hall.

Whitsunday Sporting Car Club held its Twilight and Gravel Khanacross

Prossie star is kicking goals

Kaylem Douthwaite (second from right)  with his North Queensland team mates in Bundaberg at the Vic Jensen Carnival.

Prossie star is kicking goals.

Local Partners

Tycoon plans China-wide blitz if island plan gets go ahead

TYCOON William Han plans a China-wide billboard blitz promoting Queensland if he gets the green light to build a $583 million luxury complex with three resorts

Why crowds are loving Happy Kanye at Splendour

Danger Dave and Melissah Marie with the artwork Happy Kanye at Splendour in the Festival 2017.

By Barcelona-based artistic collective Hungry Castle

Amber Heard, Elon Musk among Splendour celebs

Bernard Fanning plays the main stage at Splendour in the Grass 2017 on day 2.

DAY TWO of Splendour in the Grass was the day of celebrities.

Working class? Man, Gympie's got the show for you

Jimmy Barnes

Aussie rock icons coming to Gympie for 150th celebrations.

How many triangles are in this picture?

The simple illustration has been shared thousands of times on Facebook after leaving viewers scratching their heads.

VIDEO: The 'Disco Boob' trend at Splendour

Rachael Millen, of Newcastle, sporting the fashionable chest peace of glitter at Splendour in the Grass 2017 near Byron Bay.

VIDEO: Festival organisers forced to clarify policy on nudity.

Bieber quit tour to set up his own church?

Justin Bieber on stage during his concert at ANZ Stadium in Homebush.

Bieber is calling it quits on the rest of his Purpose World Tour

Bachelor hopeful ‘didn’t realise how naked she was’

The Bachelor Australia‘s Leah

Her dress was certainly daring, but she wasn't aware by just how much

Phelps shredded over shark race fiasco

"Phelps vs. Shark: Great Gold vs. Great White," with Phelps testing his speed against that of a great white shark.

People are genuinely upset at the way the race was run

Film boss marvels at Sunshine State

FOR REVIEW AND PREVIEW PURPOSES ONLY. Mark Ruffalo and Chris Hemsworth in a scene from the movie Thor: Ragnarok. Supplied by Marvel.

Thor: Ragnarok success may mean more Marvel movies for Queensland.

ABC's Q&A: Should 16-year-olds be allowed to vote?

Opposition Health Minister Catherine King on the Q & A panel, left, and right, Minister for the Environment and Energy Josh Frydenberg.

But there was one thing the students weren't discussing.

TENANTS FROM HELL: See the mess left by evicted couple

DISGUSTING: Mess left by evicted tenants. Owner of the Mongogarie property Christine Beatty has been left at least $5000 out of pocket.

Couple were 'living large' while not paying their rent

How Gladstone's cheapest and most expensive homes stack up

SPECTACULAR: This home on Springs Road, Agnes Water, is selling in the mid-$2 million range.

With the market currently low, now is the time to invest.

'We’re goin' to Bonnie Doon!' and now you can too

How's the serenity?

The experience will have you exclaiming “how’s the serenity?”

New life for Bree and historic Oddfellows Hall

TWO CHANGES: Bree Dahl with her new baby Ivy in front of the historic Oddfellows Hall she purchased at auction and will renovate into a house.

Historic hall to be turned into home

Financial scandal destroys alternative community

Families who gave thousands to be a part of an alternative community at Mt Burrell, west of Murwillumbah, are now trying to recover their investment. Picture: Jamie Hanson

Dream Utopia turns into a nightmare

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!