School Visits to the Hyogo Centre
Hyogo Cultural Centre has been providing school visit activities for over 20 years and warmly welcomes student groups of all ages to visit the Centre.
Deputy Director, Melissa Luyke, is a qualified teacher and registered with the Teachers’ Registration Board of WA. All staff of Team Hyogo have current Working with Children Cards and are very experienced in providing our numerous Language and Culture immersion programs.
School visits provide students with the opportunity to experience Japan right here in WA and learn more about the special relationship between Western Australia and Hyogo Prefecture. Whilst we would love to accommodate requests to travel out to schools to deliver our programs, this is unfortunately not something that we can offer except in extreme circumstances. Team Hyogo is strong, but small, and we cannot close our public office to visit schools.
We are so proud of our beautiful Japanese themed premises and feel that the best place to deliver our workshops is in this environment. We have a traditional room in the foyer with tatami mats and shoji screens, as well as a Japanese garden and many other authentic display items, such as a wedding kimono, dolls, pottery, calligraphy, kites, tea ceremony equipment and much, much more.
Depending on the time of year, special seasonal and festival displays, such as the Dolls Festival and Children’s Day Festival, can be admired while the students learn about Japanese life and culture. Hyogo Cultural Centre also has the largest resource library of Japan related materials in Perth so it is possible for your students to conduct research or just browse during their visit.
Hyogo Cultural Centre is happy to work with teachers to design a visit program that best suits the needs of the students. If a particular theme or topic is being covered, activities can be created to support that theme. If the visit has a language focus, teachers are also welcome to send through details of grammatical structures or vocabulary they would like included and reinforced.
Alternatively, teachers may like to select one of our existing immersion workshop formats, which typically run from 10am to 1:30pm and include obento lunch. The cost for these workshops is $22.50 per student and $12.50 for any accompanying adult wishing to have obento. The workshops consist of a variety of topic based games and group work activities in a fun and relaxed environment. We strongly encourage students to enjoy their learning and to use existing Japanese skills combined with new knowledge gained on the day.
The themes for these workshops are:
If you are looking for a general cultural workshop, we also offer 1 hour traditional culture and craft based activities, including:
- Calligraphy and Hanko (name stamp) - $7.50 per head.
- Craft and Festival Activities – price is negotiated depending on the materials required.
- Tea Ceremony Demonstration and Tea Tasting - $5 per head plus $150 tea master fee.
Obento lunch can be included in visits and costs $12.50 per head. Please note that these obento are prepared externally as a standard student option so we are unable to cater for dietary requirements and allergies. We can offer a vegetarian option, but students with allergies are encouraged to bring their own lunch on the day.