Second-grader Lucia tries on a typical Japanese school uniform with the help of visitor Akaya.A team of volunteer teachers from the Japan-America Society of Oregon brought the “Japan on the Road” educational program to students in Madras Primary and Buff Intermediate schools May 6 and 7. 

The volunteers teach students about contemporary Japanese culture, and what a day in the life of a Japanese student is like.

The program follows Aya, Miki and Sota, three Japanese elementary school students, throughout their day at home, in school, and playing with friends.

By the end of the program, students gain a better understanding and appreciation of the similarities and differences that exist between Japanese and American cultures.

At Madras Primary, students also heard a Japanese folk story told with a kamishibai story box, and learned to write Japanese characters.

JASO has taken the program as far east as John Day, Baker City and Keating Valley and as far south as Medford, Bandon and Gold Beach, but this was their first visit to Madras.

Japan on the Road was created by JASO to be a gift to Oregon and Southwest Washington communities. It is funded by corporate and individual members of the Japan-America Society of Oregon and by grants from several foundations who support its efforts to share knowledge of Japan and a view of the world beyond the Pacific Northwest with schoolchildren.

The program was brought to the schools following a request by teacher Karen Adams.

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