From translating Japanese song lyrics to listening to Japanese anime cartoons, the reasons to take up Japanese were many and diverse among the students of Hayakawa Japanese Language School in the city.
“I am heartened to find an increasing number of people taking up the Japanese language, not for business or career prospects but purely out of interest to learn,” said Kayoko Furukawa, Consul, Consulate General of Japan.
She said this at the inauguration of the 50th N5 Japanese language batch at Hayakawa Japanese Language School and Cultural Centre of the Japanese Consul of Culture, Information and Development Affairs in Chennai on Sunday.
Sailakshmi, a former Japanese student at the centre, said that her love for the Japanese language began with a want to understand the lyrics of Japanese songs. “I used to listen to a lot of those and watch a lot of anime cartoons. That was how my interest in the language came. But once I started learning it, I got interested in the culture and people. I am hoping to settle down in Japan sometime,” she added. The event saw the launch of Japanese Language books and distribution of prizes for the recent manga contest.