Every year, the Japanese School we attend hosts a “Fun Fair” for its students and surrounding community. At this event, children travel around to different stations to play games, make crafts, wear kimonos, and participate in many other activities to help them better understand the Japanese culture.
Like all the other activities at Japanese School, this event is run by parent volunteers. Something I love about Japanese culture is how efficiently everyone works together. As I helped put up decorations for this event, I looked around and marveled at how hard and cooperatively everyone was working to pull this off for our kids. I didn’t see anyone sitting around or trying to get away with doing as little as possible.
Some of the stations were:
1) Japanese calligraphy (しゅうじ)
2) Origami (おりがみ)
3) Paper-airplane making (かみひこうき)
5) Yo-yo-scooping (ヨーヨーつり)
6) Super-ball scooping (スーパーボールすくい)
7) Tea Ceremony
8) Wear traditional kimonos/yukatas
9) Kendama (けんだま)
10) Hane-tsuki (はねつき)
11) Kendo (けんどう)
12) Karuta (カルタ)
13) Fukuwarai (ふくわらい)
14) Spinning tops (こままわし)
15) Used (Japanese) books sale
Does the Japanese School near you host events like this?