Sakura Gakuin studies the importance of communication from TBS announcer, Yoshikawa Miyoko at their ‘Language class’
Translated from a ‘Natalie’ article
On September 20th Sakura Gakuin put on an Open class event titled, the ‘Language class’ at Mt. Rainier Hall, Shibuya Pleasure Pleasure.
The instructor for this event was Yoshikawa Miyoko who is currently working as a freelance announcer and who after joining TBS in 1977 went on to a career there as an announcer and anchorwoman for 37-years. With such impressive achievements as serving as the Principal of the TBS announcer’s school for 12-years, she is truly a professional when it comes to “conveying information through words”. Making use of the methods she employed at the TBS announcer’s school Yoshikawa utilized her skills to teach the girls of Sakura Gakuin at this open class.
In the first hour attended by Isono Rinon, Yamaide Aiko, Okazaki Momoko and Fujihira Kano Yoshikawa spoke about the just how important the voice is in carrying out effective communication. Following this she had the girls one by one state their current school grade and their name along with examples of the bad points in their way of speaking that have been pointed out to them by others and she then went on to give advice to each of them on how to correct their way of speaking. Regarding the fact that Yamaide used ‘Okaasan’ instead of ‘Haha’ <different ways of referring to one’s mother that differ in politeness>, Yoshikawa explained that it is not good to try to make yourself look cute by the way you speak or the words you use, rather it is better to show cuteness through the contents of what you say. Next, the 4 members learned how to create what is called, ‘The zero voice’ which refers to a one’s most relaxed state in which one’s emotions are left out of one’s speaking voice. To study this they tried out pronunciation drills used in the TBS announcer’s school. In conclusion, to strive for better and smoother ways of speaking they did pronunciation drills where they held their lips in check with both hands and spoke without opening their mouths.
The 2nd hour was attended by Ooga Saki, Kurashima Sara, Kurosaki Mirena and Hidaka Marin. After the girls worked with pronunciation drills they were asked to talk about what each of them had for breakfast and about their grandparents. Kurosawa chattered on about her grandfather who really likes fruits which was met with a high evaluation by Yoshikawa. Following this the 4 members worked on a simulation where they were to guide Mori Hayashi to the Mt. Rainier Hall Shibuya Pleasure Pleasure site through the telephone pretending it was his first visit to Shibuya. The Fukei-san were amazed at the ability of the youngest member of the 2nd hour, Hidaka as she guided him clearly and precisely using the easily understandable landmark of Shibuya 109. Meanwhile, on the other hand, Kurosawa ended up leading Mori Hayashi to an totally unexpected direction because she could not envision a realistic map inside her head. Kurashima introduced a high level set up when she changed the starting point from Shibuya station to Tower Records and while there were moments where she shed tears in the end she was met with a huge round of applause from the Fukei-san when she safely guided Mori Hayashi to the Mt. Rainier Hall Shibuya Pleasure Pleasure location. The eldest member, Ooga attempted to guide him starting out from the Ginza line’s Shibuya station but since Mori did not know the Ginza line station he ended her attempts saying he would ‘ask someone else’. The girls truly got a taste of the difficulty of conveying information through their hardships.
The day’s final and 3rd hour class was attended by Shirai Saki, Okada Megumi, Aso Maaya and Yoshida Soyoka. The 3rd Talk Chairperson, Shirai Saki revealed her sophistication of that role through her smooth flowing reading of weather information in the pronunciation segment. Following this segment, the girls read aloud from their respective favorite books. Yoshida read from ‘The Nose Knows’, the first piece in the ‘McGurk Detective Organization’ series in a very cute manner. Aso read the last scene from a story that she really loves, ‘GonGitsune’ from one of her 4th grade textbooks in rich, emotional tones.
Okada who had selected the picture book, ‘Kuma no ko u-fu <Ufu, the baby bear>’ first relayed the story that she had been brought out of being blue this summer because of a verse in the book, ‘I am made of the stuff of me! Ufu is made of the stuff of Ufu!, and then went on to read each word with such expressions of love that the whole audience was wrapped in emotion. And finally, Shirai read from Natsume Soseki’s ‘Kokoro’ in a relaxed, calm manner. Throughout the 3 classes that varied widely in content, Yoshikawa continually stressed the main theme of ‘the importance of desire to communicate’.