A person spreading Japanese culture in Khanh Hoa

Sunday, 13/03/2022, 21:38 [GMT+7]

A person spreading Japanese culture in Khanh Hoa

Japanese teacher Tetsuya Sakai (nearly 70 years old) has opened free Japanese classes and Japanese cultural clubs for people in Nha Trang City. Amy Japanese Center (4th floor, 59 Le Thanh Phuong Street, Nha Trang) is a place where Tetsuya Sakai and his partners in Vietnam have introduced and spread the culture of Japan in Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa through Japanese. In recent two years, he has taught tens of people in Nha Trang Japan’s culture and language. 
 
Messenger of culture
 
Tetsuya Sakai used to be devoted to Japan’s education for more than 40 years. After more than 10 years working in Vietnam, he has visited many Japanese language centers in Vietnam. He thinks that incorporating culture into each lesson will help students experience interesting things and learn foreign languages in a more natural way. He has opened three centers of calligraphy, Chanoyu (Japanese tea ceremony), and Karuta (Japanese card game) in Nha Trang. All the utensils and equipment were brought from Japan. Tetsuya Sakai has also written textbooks devoted to Vietnamese students. These clubs are usually held at Amy Japanese Center every week. The participants range from students, working people, housewives, to old people. They meet, exchange and share their interest in Vietnam’s and Japan’s cultures. Japanese culture has become a bridge connecting Vietnamese and Japanese people.
 
 
Tetsuya Sakai teaching students at Amy Japanese Center
Tetsuya Sakai teaching students at Amy Japanese Center
 
Tetsuya Sakai has also had a meeting with the students of the Faculty of Tourism, Nha Trang University about "Omotenashi" spirit of Japan. The spirit of "Omotenashi" is most clearly reflected in the art of tea ceremony, appearing in the Muromachi period (14th - 16th centuries). The spirit of "Omotenashi" is the source of the quintessence and working style of Japanese people, contributing to turning Japan into an economic powerhouse and a country known for their subtlety. "Omotenashi" spirit helped Nha Trang University students learn about the hospitality and nice manners towards other people of Japanese people. 
 
A center for Vietnamese people
 
Amy Japanese Center has faced many difficulties in operation and enrollment due to the impacts of COVID-19. The center has changed to online teaching and learning form on Zoom Meeting, which has enabled teachers and students to interact visually with each other with good video and audio quality. Along with online classes, the center has Sora online learning system providing vivid visual lessons, tests and learning results of the students.
 
In addition, students can also interact with native students in Japan to exchange cultures and improve communication skills, review lessons on Sora and other online learning platforms. Flexibility in teaching and diversity in lessons have been the strengths helping the center overcome the difficulties and maintain Japanese classes.
 
Amy Japanese Center also intends to develop special courses for children. In addition, the center will link up with reputable recruitment businesses to help students with qualification to be trained and work in Japan. “I intend to hold more cultural activities so that young people will have more opportunities to learn about Japan. I hope the clubs will spread among young people in Nha Trang so that the clubs can expand more and more people will experience and know about Japanese culture," said Tetsuya Sakai.
 
Le Trung Hung
Translated by H.N