校 長  楠野 宣孝

【English version】”Remote Wakaba – New Leaves Festival”

At Shoin, our junior and senior high school cultural and sports festivals are called the “Wakaba (New Leaves) Festival”. In a normal year, the sports festival is held in late September, and the cultural festival is usually held a few days later. Both of them are large exciting events where junior and senior high school students come together as one.
Unfortunately, these events were initially canceled this year due to the influence of the new coronavirus. However, the executive members of the student council came up with the very clever idea of holding a “Remote Wakaba Festival”, so strong was their desire to hold a festival despite the current coronavirus situation. Using the 100-Year Memorial Gym as their headquarters and studio, a range of pre-recorded performances by clubs and volunteers, as well as a live traditional dance competition, the “dynamic dance performance” by third-year high school students, was broadcast to a TV in each classroom.
The new Wakaba Festival was shortened to half a day, with games and short movies created by the members of the student council added to the festival schedule. At the conclusion of the festival was the aforementioned “dynamic dance performance,” a competition which many high school students consider to be the goal of their high school life. Since Shoin has many students who are good at artistic expression, the level of the performances in this competition is always very high. This year, students from junior high school grade one to high school grade two watched and enthusiastically cheered on this traditional dance performances from their classrooms.
When I first heard about this project, I was concerned whether the junior and senior high school executives who would organize the entire project, would be successful. However, it turned out to be a wonderful event that far exceeded our imagination and expectations. I don’t think junior and senior high school students back in my school days could have overseen and executed this kind of event. All in all, I could feel the collective effort with which they approached this event and realized that they tried to put together a program that the entire audience would enjoy watching and participating in.
The morning edition of the Yomiuri Newspaper dated October 22 (Thursday) ran an article on this remote festival and I also heard how glad and surprised the executive members felt after this success. It really was a wonderful festival that will remain in our memory. I hope that all the students will continue to have a strong desire to tackle new challenges and never give in, no matter however difficult the situation may be.

Principal Nobutaka Kusuno