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Kansai through Kiwi eyes

Kansai through Kiwi eyes develops understandings about societies, illustrated by the interaction of New Zealanders and Japanese. Chapters are designed to assist in teaching and learning social studies.

The 'bite-size' chapter format is designed to assist teachers of Year nine & ten Social Studies unpack a central key idea about society and the underpinning key concepts.

The content of our Introduction to Kansai, Japan and other parts of the project are for citizens interested in reinvigoration of the Japan New Zealand relationship.

The Kansai through Kiwi eyes DVD documentary film and teachers’ notes booklet complements this website.

View a trailer on Click here to view the movie

Contact the Japan Information and Cultural Centre, Majestic Building, Willis St, Wellington, provide postage, and ask for a free copy of the Kansai through Kiwi eyes DVD whilst stocks last. Click on a chapter on the yellow navigation bar on your left to find a teacher note about that chapter

Click on the link in the teacher note to find a worksheet for teachers and students.

And, or, click on the link in the teacher note for more Kansai chapter content, including narrative from the DVD, quotes and reported speech, and other background plus links where you can find out more about the subject of your chosen chapter.

Click on one of the black section links in the navigation bar on your left to find out more about Kansai place, culture, government and economic world that students, teachers and other citizens might research and develop further.

Click on one of the links on the black navigation bar above to find out more from the publisher about the project background, resources and websites you can use to study and visit Kansai.

Click on another of the links on the black navigation bar to find out more about the sponsors and those we gratefully credit for help with the project, some of whom may wish to help you.

Kansai through Kiwi eyes was produced in 2007 by the Centre for Citizenship Education, a New Zealand charitable trust, P O Box 3978, Wellington.

It was executed with a grant from the Osaka-based Commemorative Organization for the Japan World Exposition (’70).

New Zealand co-sponsors included the School of Marketing and International Business from Victoria University of Wellington, Air New Zealand, Asia Pacific Economic News and the Centre for Citizenship Education.

The project was also assisted directly and indirectly by more than 100 Japanese and New Zealanders, mentioned in the Credits in the Find out more section of this DVD.

Click on the DecisionMaker button on the bottom right of the homepage to find out more from the Centre for Citizenship Education.

Visit worksheet pages under “Education” to find out more for studying citizenship education based on the DecisionMaker Guide to Parliament and Government.

Watch the site for more on Japan New Zealand research to help reinvigorate the bilateral relationship.

Watch for development of discussion facilities, perhaps on a wiki to come, to help classes in New Zealand, the Kansai and elsewhere communicate.

Contact us to explore ways in which you might participate in initiatives that can build on the foundations established here.

31 March, 2007



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