Japanese Culture

This week Mr. Finnerty’s sixth class explored Origami – the Japanese art of folding paper to make objects and animals. We made a paper banger, a paper water bomb and the Cranes pictured here.

For thousands of years the Japanese culture has treasured the crane as a symbol of honor and loyalty. The crane is a majestic bird which mates for life and is extremely loyal to its partner. The bird is strong, graceful and beautiful. Because of the great importance of the crane, the Japanese people feel that a person who folds 1,000 cranes will be granted his or her greatest wish.

 We also tasted Sushi which is a Japanese dish consisting of cooked vinegared rice which is commonly topped with other ingredients, such as fish or other seafood. The Sushi we tasted was smoked salmon wrapped in rice and pressed seaweed. We tasted Wasabi paste, a strong mustard made from horseradish and pickled ginger. We dipped the Sushi in Soy Sauce and tried, unsuccessfully, to eat the whole piece at once!

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