Commemorating the three-year death of Matake, the pioneer of the Mataken Gakko Japanese Language Education Institute, the big family of Mataken Gakko held joint simple prayers, not long ago. Other than saying prayers packaged in a simple ceremony, it also reflected the pioneering spirit because his love for Bali and involvement in social and humanitarian activities through a free Japanese language course.
Mataken Gakko is a Japanese language course institution that has been pioneered by Matake Sensei since 2004 or exactly 10 years ago. However, the pioneer Mr. Matake who very much loved Bali and the Balinese died on February 27, 2011 and was cremated in Hinduism. To commemorate the three-year death of Matake, some of the students, teachers and administrators of the Mataken Gakko held a joint prayers for the pioneer in order he could reach the best afterlife place and the free Japanese language education could be getting more advanced.
Senior figure of the Mataken Gakko, Gusti Kompyang Pujawan, said the sincere and solemn prayer was one of the ways in order to get facility ahead, including praying for the friends of the deceased who were very concerned about the agency inherited by the deceased. Pujawan told that his first arrival was in 1971 for a visit, but his love for the Balinese culture and the Balinese known to be friendly had inspired him to invited many components of Balinese people ranging from students, scouts, students, youth and the arts of Bali to Japan. Conversely, many communities in Japan were also invited to visit Bali.
Kompyang Pujawan said the deceased had an obsession that Balinese children could speak Japanese so he opened a course to learn Japanese language with the teachers brought in directly from Japan. Meanwhile, Chairman of the Denpasar-Fukuoka Brotherhood, Anak Agung Ngurah Widiada, expressed his gratitude for what the deceased Matake had pioneered. He considered what the deceased inherited was a social investment through social interaction of Balinese community and the Denpasar-Fukuoka through free education was a positive thing.
So far, the educational institution or the free Japanese language course for children, pupils and students has graduated 400 participants and in 2014 of the 42 people sent to attend the Naryoku Shikin at the Faculty of Letters, Udayana University, 30 students have graduated. (BTN/055)