Project week to me was something more than CAS, but it was also a variety of learning experiences unique to the system. I visited the village of Cipanas which made me reevaluate my self. Despite the crowded area, the people were happy with their lives and it is easy to understand why. From the vast nature to the kind people, there are many unique and breathtaking aspects unique to the village. Through this experience, I have learned to appreciate my life even more by exploring something that only I can discover. Project week also granted me a chance to grow in confidence and step out of my comfort zone. Communication was a key factor, between my team our NGO and the village.
I got injured again. This time from falling off of a grab scooter and badly scraping my knees, hands, and shoulder. This forcefully stopped me from doing muay Thai once again. The coach who remembered me told me to come, regardless of my injuries to show dedication in order to move up a level. And I did. I went to class 2-3 times a week. I tried participating in most activities I could, but mainly exercises to build up my body strength. I was only able to start muay thai once again in the after two weeks.
One change I discovered was my stamina. From running and push-ups to skip ropes and sit ups, there are various exercises I had to do which helped me boost my stamina. My improvement in stamina is easily recognisable comparing myself to when I had just started to where I am now.
Participating in Kahaani this year for the second time was an experience that I am very grateful for. Being my second time in the dance, I was more comfortable than last year and was able to build on skills that I learnt the year before. In addition to building on my collaboration skills, as Kahaani was an activity where I had to work with other people from the grade in an attempt to step out of my comfort zone. LO6, for example, that deals with ethics, intertwines well with Kahaani. Kahaani works with the Voice of World organisation that helps visually impaired and less fortunate children in Kolkata. In an attempt to raise awareness, funds and tell a story I was able to think about these ethical considerations whilst meeting my goal.
The research stage and writing of this EE was fascinating and engaging. I was able to closely study cinematic techniques of an animation which has many similarities as real-life techniques, but many that are unique to its style. In addition, I was able to study my own culture and how it depicts the western culture. This was a valuable experience as it reminded me of the historical Japanese culture and morals that I had forgotten. Living in a foreign country and attending an international school meant I had little experience with the Japanese culture, excluding the language, food, and anime. This essay granted me an opportunity to learn the Japanese culture and how it depicts the influences of western culture, a culture I feel more associated with. In my essay, I concluded that the anime series presented westernisation as a positive influence on Japanese society. However, as my essay focus was on one series, I was not able to explore the Japanese societal attitude towards westernisation which was my initial intention of this task. Being Japanese I personally know that many people are against westernisation and protective of the Japanese culture, shown through films such as “Good Morning (1959)”.
I believe my research so far has proven to be valid and has been effectively used as evidence for my arguments. One thing I need to improve on is analysing in-depth, exploring the why. My arguments thus far are shallow, and from the conversations with my teacher, there is more context from the cultural aspects of both the western culture and Japanese culture that I need to consider to analyse deeply. I then need to relate the cultural context, to the analysis of the animation film, such as the sound used, shot composition, etc and explore why they used certain techniques. I also have to rearrange my structure. My teacher recommended me to make my title specific to episodes as analysing the entire series would be too long. I will explore the western influences on traditional anime specific to episode 1, 23, and 26. This will allow me to explore and analyse in more depth.
What you read
Over the summer I read a series of Manga. Some of the mangas I read include- karakai jouzu takagi-san, golden kamuy, ajin, etc. Manga is a Japanese style comic/graphic novel which includes both words and pictures.
Personal Response (what did I think about it?)
I enjoy reading manga a lot, simply because it allows you to experience another world (sometimes not even the earth we know of). Through the images, we are able to see exactly what the author wants us to see. By using images, mangas are able to immerse their audience into the story and create a scene in which the audience can feel as if they are apart of it. In the context of Karakai Jouzu, we are able to feel the bittersweet love and the wholesomeness shared between the two characters. For Golden Kamuy, we are able to feel obnoxious from the main character and a wild bear tearing each other’s flesh apart in an intense battle. This is all achieved through the detail in the drawing. Words in manga are often used for monologues or dialogues and are hardly used for description. However, this also means that our creativity is limited, as the scene its self is self-explanatory through images, and we are only able to use our creativity when predicting the outcome.
Overall, reading manga was something very new for me and not only was I able to enjoy it, but I was also able to learn Japanese from it. I did not read manga as I always thought normal Japanese books would be better, but this summer was an eye-opener to something new.
Literary features of mangas include- images, symbols, metaphor.
Concept (how can it link to something else?)
One concept a manga can link to is interpretation. How we interpret a text is dependent on our own context. Although I stated earlier that manga restricts our thinking, how we interpret certain actions, decisions, scenarios can vary significantly. This creates a divide between ‘favourite characters’ otherwise known in Japanese as an ‘oshi’.
During our planning process for project week, we got a message from ISOS and Aggie explaining the dangerous situation in Jakarta due to the presidential election. ISOS gave a hot zone (central Jakarta), where we were not allowed to go to. Unfortunately, our activity was located in the hot zone, forcing us to change it last minute. Moreover, we did not book accommodation as we were aware of the situation in Jakarta and the possibility for the trip to be cancelled. This decision was very helpful as our planned accommodation was located near the activity and was in the hot zone. We were able to cancel the activity and change our accommodation to an area close to our creativity outside of the hot zone.
During project week, our 5 days were separated into 2 days of service and 2 days of creativity. Our last day was off due to the activity being cancelled.
I have been in this service for almost 3 and a half terms. One thing I am proud of is my own development when interacting with the residents. As mentioned in my previous posts, my development can be shown through my differences with the new G9s who joined the service not so long ago.
I have worked with many different seniors over the time I have been in the service. One skill I have developed is my communication skill. Due to their condition, residents can have severe mood swings. This means we have to choose our words carefully in order to get the residents engaged in the activity. Furthermore, effective communication also meant that I had to be a good listener and be engaged in the conversation. As my past resident said, “you are very humble, it is nice”. Being humble and kind to the residents, listening to them, engaging in a conversation with them. I was able to learn the importance of being an effective communicator.
LO 1 Identifying own strengths and develop areas for personal growth
LO 2 Demonstrate that challenges have been undertaken, developing new skills in the process
LO 5 Demonstrate the skills and recognize the benefits of working collaboratively
LO 6 Demonstrate engagement with issues of global significance
LO 7 Recognise and consider the ethics of choices and actions