September 27, 2021: Lecture at Javorová Alley Primary School in Chorvátsky Grob

   On September 27, 2021, I was at Javorová Alley Primary School in Chorvátský Grob and gave students a lecture about Japan. The event took place at the initiative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, which addressed it on the occasion of the European Day of Languages, which falls on 26 September.
   I spoke in front of thirty students aged approx. 11 - 13 years with a presentation about Japan, its history, geography, culture, landmarks, nature, and gastronomy. As the event took place as part of the aforementioned Day of Languages, presented the Japanese language and the associated complex system of writing - kanji, hiragana and katakana.
   Despite the fact that none of the students had visited Japan yet, they found a number of parallels together between the countries. For example, in Japan, the mountains occupy a large part (approx. 70%) of the country's territory and the Japanese Alps with snow on the ends and distinctive rock formations are similar to the High Tatras, of which Slovakia is rightly proud. Pupils were also interested in the fact that a number of castles and chateaux have been preserved in Japan as well as in Slovakia.
However, the students were most interested in Japanese food and they knew very well what they could taste in Japan - sushi, ramen or gyoza dumplings. I hoped that my favorite food, unagi (Japanese marinated eel), would be familiar among the students, but unfortunately for the children from the sea-free country, the eel itself was unfamiliar.
   I believe that the most important thing in deepening mutual friendship is to increase the number of young people who are interested in Japan and try to understand it as much as possible. Therefore, if he has the opportunity in the future, he would like to continue similar lecture activities at Slovak schools. I also believe that the number of young Slovaks traveling to Japan will increase as much as possible in the future.