Special Christmas Class at Ohkawa Academy in Japan
@Ohkawa Academy（Mie Prefecture in Japan)
On the 24th of December 2014, GEN will be going to Mie prefecture in Japan to the Tom Sawyer After School at the Ohkawa Academy. We will be conducting a class to teach and share with students there about the Italian food culture.
During this class we will be giving Christmas gifts sent from the students of the Elementary School of Pollenzo, Italy to the elementary students of Tom Sawyer, Japan. In turn the Japanese students will also be preparing their own gifts for the students of Pollenzo as a way of exchange and learning about cultural differences through food. We hope that this class will help the Japanese students to learn about the Italian food culture and the value of Terra Madre Day as well as allow them to forge new friendships through the sharing of regional food specialities. This will be their first step towards the Milan Expo in 2015 as some students of the Ohkawa Academy will be coming to Italy for some classes with GEN at the University of Gastronomic Sciences, Pollenzo.
The gifts from the elementary school students of Pollenzo were prepared by them on Terra Madre Day 2014 (10th of December) and consist of nougat (torrone) containing hazelnuts from the Piedmont area accompanied by a personal message and design from each one of the children. Both the Elementary School of Pollenzo and Ohkawa Academy are very keen in learning about cultural differences through food. The school in Pollenzo has already learnt about onigiri and misoshiru from a previous class held by GEN. All parties hope that this project will continue to grow as the relationship between these two schools grow.
GEN continues to organise such programs and events as an occasion to share different cultures of the world through food, especially between Japan and Italy. Whether big or small, GEN is able to organise original and unique programs for various clients or local governments who may be interested in sharing their regional specialities and culture to the world as a way of preserving and promoting traditions for the future.