Witherlea School parent Chika Janutka writes her name (surname first), her hometown Nagoya, the name of her family restaurant Oomori, and Aichi, the region she grew up in.
Ever wondered what your name would look like in Japanese script?
Witherlea School parent Chika Janutka can show you, and even explain the direct translation.
Janutka will be demonstrating her katakana, hiragana and kanji skills at the Witherlea School Gala for a $2 donation per name.
“I just realised a lot of people are curious about the Japanese culture so I just offered to share it at the gala,” Janutka said.
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“I made an album of Japanese characters, so they can choose their favourites. Then I will copy it onto some paper for them.”
Janutka uses a special brush with ink to draw the characters, and will bring several ink colours and brush sizes to the gala.
“The characters have a lot of meaning to them. It’s very hard to even explain what means what, because there’s also reasons why we choose our children’s names.”
Chi meant thousand, and ka meant fragrances, so Janutka’s first name Chika meant a thousand fragrances, which her parents chose because they wanted her life to be full of variety, Janutka said.
“People are fascinated by that so I thought it might be cool to share it with them.”
Janutka moved to New Zealand seven years ago, living in the North Island with her Canadian husband and children, before moving to Marlborough earlier this year and taking a translator job.
She grew up working at two family restaurants back in Japan, and was launching a monthly Japanese cooking class at Noodle Corner on March 31.
Their two bilingual children attended Witherlea School.
Parents committee chairwoman and gala co-ordinator Tash Stewart said proceeds would go towards new curtains and blinds for the school, required by but not funded by the Ministry of Education.
There would be games, a silent auction, food and baking stalls, a chocolate trough, trash and treasure, music and performances by students, and a competition to guess the weight of a horse, Stewart said.
Several Marlborough businesses had kindly donated prizes including a brand new bicycle from Bike Fit and furniture from The Lounge Suite Company.
“We just want to say thank you to all the businesses that have supported us with donations … it’s just amazing and there are so many,” Stewart said.
The Witherlea School Gala is on Sunday March 17 from 11am until 3pm.