Konichiwa from all at RNC!

Mikey is standing up at the front of the room, there are lots of students and staff sitting and kneeling on the floor as they gather round listening to him.

Konichiwa is a form of greeting which, roughly translated, means ‘good day’ in Japanese. At RNC (Royal National College for the Blind), our students certainly did have a good day this week as they were treated to an afternoon of Japanese culture which included tasting delicious food, trying on clothes, learning the language and finishing the day with a traditional tea ceremony.


Close up of Kim standing up wearing a pink kimono with flowers on and a big green belt.

Kim models a traditional kimono

The event was organised by the students as part of their AS Level Extended Project. 18 year old Mikey Adams from Southampton is exploring Japanese culture and for this he has undertaken independent study and research, which will be great preparation for September when Mikey moves on to study Creative Writing at university. RNC Principal Mark Fisher said “Through EPQ (Extended Project Qualification), students develop skills which will prepare them for university, they also gain UCAS points to get them there and have the chance to really focus on something that they’re passionate about. Part of Mikey’s EPQ has been to organise and project manage this event, he has received a lot of support from students and staff which is great because it demonstrates how effectively the RNC community works, with everyone pulling together.”


18 year old Erin Boyce from Bolton is another Extended Project student who has taken her passion for comics and tried to make it accessible for people with visual impairment. Erin took an episode of Death Parade, a popular Anime (Japanese animation) and dubbed it with audio description. After attending the screening RNC Performing Arts Teacher Cara Tivey said “Wow, that was incredible. The audio description was so well worked to coincide with the fast paced action and not interrupt the script. The audio description picks up on so much of the graphic detail and is so accessible for anyone without sight; I think Erin has really found a niche here.”


Find out more about the courses on offer at RNC – if you have any questions, please call our student enquiries line on 01432 376 621 or email info@rnc.ac.uk


Article written by Bik Lee, Digital Media Officer at RNC


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