In Year 9 Japanese, students attended the Nihongo Tanken Centre for fun language and cultural activities.Students joined their penpals from Casimir College and showed off their speaking, reading and listening skills. The aim of the excursion was to be immersed in Japanese language and culture, while experiencing an authentic Japanese environment. The Tanken Centre features a Japanese-style room, a fully-equipped technology room and a Japanese garden. The interior includes many Japanese elements including a genkan and a large tatami room with tokonoma and shooji screens, made by Japanese craftsmen. The students also participated in an onigiri making activity and enjoyed an obento lunch. It was a wonderful experience and all students are to be commended on their enthusiasm and behaviour.