A happy, albeit belated 雛祭り(hinamatsuri) to everyone! It was on the 3rd of March, so two days after the meeting.
There was a change of schedule to what I had planned, and since none of the original members bar me attended, I went back to the original and essential hiragana powerpoint, and then did a rather rushed run-through of the hinamatsuri slides.
I’ve already written about the hiragana vowel column, but they included a brief history and description of the three Japanese syllabaries, the kana themselves with weird pictures that might help you remember them and then a high-speed quiz to scare everyone. The hinamasuri section talked about the name, main features of the festival, history, the alter and each layer of dolls, modern adaptations, typically food (I really want to try sakuramochi) and even a song! And of course, there were loads of pictures because the dolls are beautiful and practically the whole reason why I chose this topic in the first place. Have another one of an Empress:
An unexpected highlight was that Bobby went to JapanCentre in London on the Chemistry in Action trip, so he brought back some really … interesting food. There were: black bean rice crackers I think, similar to the soy sauce ones I brought the meeting before last; lots of different sweets that I couldn’t eat being vegetarian; and some really scary fish things. There were literally little fish in this packet, with other things made out of fish and a really strong smell. Apparently they weren’t that bad, but I decided to stick to the other side of the room. As for my Matcha Kitkats, they produced the usual response of ‘orhh! – hmm, actually these are decent.’
As a side note: preparing this powerpoint was actually really useful for me since I managed to mention it in my EPQ.
Here are the very picture-heavy hinamatsuri slides for anyone who wants them: Hinamatsuri slides
And here are the vowel column hiragana slides as well.