How are you? Did you have a nice weekend? I did something quite fun. Let
me tell you about it...
On Saturday the North West section of the Japan Society in England held an
event for children to celebrate Kodomo no Hi, Children's Day. Some members
of my volunteer group, JETAA (JET Alumni Association) also helped. You can
see a picture of us dressed in our yukata at the top of this article.
There were various activities for children including a chopstick challenge
(building foam robots using only chopsticks), colouring manga characters,
origami, making carp steamers, and having their names written in katakana.
Children crowded into the room to try these things...
Even adults wanted to try to build the robots...!
As you know, I am a member of JETAA. This summer graduates will be going
out to Japan to teach English as part of the JET programme. It is my job
to answer the new graduates' questions about Japan and give them a good
send off. So, I decided to invite the Liverpool graduates to the museum on
Saturday and some of them attended. It was great to see young people eager
to learn about Japan and enthusiastic about teaching English there. One of
these graduates decided to practice his chopstick skills with us...
Some people were interested in hearing the story of Sadako Sasaki and
joined us in folding some paper cranes. Do you remember I said I am aiming
to fold 1000 cranes to send to Hiroshima this summer? Thanks to some
people at the museum yesterday, I now have a few more cranes to add to my
Unfortunately, I didn't get a chance to see the other Japan-related things
that were happening in the museum that day. But I heard there were
lectures about Samurai armour, jujitsu demonstrations, and anime films for
children to watch. It must have been great!
I'd like to say a big thank you to everyone who assisted in making the day
a success. I'm looking forward to next year's Discover Japan Day already!
I hope you're all well and have a great week. I'm looking forward to next
time. Until then, take care! Best wishes, from Corrina. ☺️