Like China, fans and lanterns are decoration staples for Japan. Add in colorful umbrellas, room separating screens, and silhouettes of traditional architecture.
Traditional Chinese and Japanese music is very similar. Here is another YouTube video that you can just play.
How fun would it be to introduce yourself to the campers in this area in Japanese. Wait until the end of the video to get tips on making the introduction even easier.
I’ll take a chicken teriyaki rice bowl anytime, but I think it would be a fun activity to teach the older kids how to make sushi rolls.
If that doesn’t work for you, or you have younger campers that want to get involved, how about sushi candy rolls?
There are a number of Japanese inspired crafts you can lead, but I am partial to Origami (like Pikachu below) and Koinobori. Koinobori are wind socks made by drawing carp patterns on paper, cloth or other non-woven fabric. Below is one way for kids to make Koinobori, but you’ll find plenty of others if you Google it.
Want to combine Origami with Koinobori? Here you go.
Kodomo no Hi (Children’s Day or Boys’ Day)
This day celebrates children’s personalities and happiness. Families hang up carp (fish) flags, one for each member of the family.
In the book Around the World in 80 Days Passepartout and Fogg get separated trying to get to Japan. Passepartout gets there first but has no money. He talks his way onto the cast of a traveling circus that is headed to America after they are done performing in Japan. It was the typical circus of acrobats, jugglers, clowns, sideshow acts, etc.
This is a great opportunity to hold your own camp circus. It doesn’t have to be elaborate. In fact, it could be more of a talent show, or it could be a set of challenges open to campers. Challenges would consist of juggling, balancing, clowning, gymnastics, variety performances, dressing your counselor up as the strangest, most bizarre sideshow act ever, etc.
PAGE 1 – Decorations
PAGE 2 – Opening Activities and London, England
PAGE 3 – Paris, France
PAGE 4 – Bombay, India
PAGE 5 – Hong Kong, China
PAGE 7 – San Francisco and New York, USA
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