The Destiny of the Belarussian Sensei
Hieroglyphics is the most challenging element in the Japanese language. You have to memorize them. There are over two-thousands of them! And of course, there is the grammar, punctuation, pronunciation, and more. Of course, you can get away without the complete baggage. But for Sensei Akira Furusava, this is not an option. He strives for perfection and demands no less from his students. He fully embraces this difficult, tedious, and detail-oriented learning process. Not everyone is ready to walk this road with him, but those who accept the challenge make the sensei proud.
“When Japanese delegations visit Belarus, my students always assist me. And our guests always comment that my students speak very well, that they use beautiful and correct language,” – tells us Akira with pride.
And looking at Stephania, his student, he adds:
“She has excellent pronunciation. Tell you the truth; I was apprehensive at first. When she joined, she was very carefree, but with time, she proofed to be an earnest and dedicated student”.
Accents, intonation, and the length of the vowels are all essential in the Japanese language. This is why people with previous music experience find learning the language easier. Akira is an ex-musician. He studied at the Conservatory of Music and played a saxophone. He uses his previous experience in the classroom now and creates an orchestra of voices of his students. One of his dreams is to organize a Japanese choir.