2011 Kaneko Day Camp Successful!

altKaneko Day Camp, held in August, was a big hit with the 38 local kids who participated in the 4-day cultural camp.  Students in the American Studies Program at TIUA served as the camp counselors and teachers.  They spent many hours planning out the class content and activities and creating the necessary accompanying materials. The hallways were decorated, as well as the various classrooms. Check-in on the first day went well and soon all the campers had met their teachers and were having fun getting to know about Japan.  There were classes in origami, songs, games, language, calligraphy, and dance.

On Thursday, the last day of camp, parents and other family members came near the end of the session to walk around and visit the classrooms to see the work that their kids had done, enjoy bento lunches, and watch the campers perform Soran Bushi (elementary kids) and Para Para (middle school kids) dances.

Click here to see a photo gallery from the week!


Summer TaB on Sustainability

altOn July 12-16, 2011, two of the CA’s and five of the American Studies Program (ASP) students participated in the summer sustainability Take-a-Break (TaB) trip. During the trip, they lived at Zena farm (which is owned by Willamette University) in West Salem. The trip was a volunteer trip where the students got the opportunity to work with many different groups of people and see many sustainable practices, a lot of which were new and surprising.  They had these experiences first-hand while living out at Zena farm, along with a few other university students. Reflection was a big part of the trip and during the daily (usually more than once) discussions they all learned a lot about differences in sustainability between Japan and the United States. Everyone came out of the trip with a better idea of what sustainability is and ways in which they, individually, can be more sustainable.


Tanabata Festival Volunteers

altOn July 7, four of the American Studies Program students gave a presentation about the Japanese Tanabata Festival to children participating in the Disco Adventure Camp through Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation.  In Japan, Tanabata, or the Star Festival, is held on the evening of July 7.  The festival traces its origins to a legend that the Cowherd Star (Altair) and Weaver Star (Vega), lovers separated by the Milky Way, are allowed to meet just once a year - on the seventh day of the seventh month.    Children and adults write their wishes on narrow strips of colored paper and hang them, along with other paper ornaments, on bamboo branches placed in the backyards or entrances of their homes. They then pray hard that their wishes will come true.

Yasumi told the story of Orihime and Hikoboshi, while Yuka gave campers some background information on the Tanabata Festival.  Takky and Lingjun then taught the campers how to make wishes to hang on the Tanabata tree, and origami.  The campers had a great time.  Thank you to our wonderful volunteers!

To see a photo gallery from this activity, click here.


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