Elizabethtown Japanese School, located at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College, recently celebrated its 30th anniversary with the ECTC Japanese School Cool Japan Festival and Open House. Attendees were introduced to Japanese culture with hands-on activities, a cosplay contest, traditional dances, food, educational displays and much more.
As a part of ECTC’s Workforce Solutions, EJS was developed for the employees of Japanese companies in the region. For the past 30 years EJS has been supplementing the education of the children of Japanese nationals.
“Our students learn Japanese language and culture and mathematics,” said Manami Robinson, Director at EJS. “It’s everything they need to know when they return to Japan.”
Every five years EJS holds a program to celebrate their culture and to thank the community for its involvement in the school. This celebration included face painting, free matcha lattes, Christmas card making, origami, a display for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic games and several anime exhibits.
While most students who attend the school are Japanese, anyone who is interested in learning Japanese can enroll. There are currently 33 students at the school, from first through 12th grade.
Masayuki Shirokawa, principal of EJS and president of American Fuji Seal in Bardstown, has had two children attend the school.
“We’ve really enjoyed being a part of this school,” he said. “From experience I can say that it has been good for our children.”