Canadian Cooking Class hosted by Hanna Callen-Wicks!

The purpose of this event was to give students an opportunity to make a food from another culture which is not often heard of or eaten in Japan. This was also an opportunity for me, as a Canadian, to share with my students part of my culture; especially something as iconic as poutine. During a 3rd year student optional English Conversation course students would be given the opportunity to work in groups, using English menus to cook snacks that are often eaten in Canada: Rice Krispies Squares and Poutine.



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Higashikagura Halloween Party hosted by

Higashikagura Halloween Party was held on 28 October, 2017, aimed at elementary school-aged children. We had a total of 146 participants and 34 volunteers spreading across 11 activity booths, including various games, face painting, and crafts. Thanks to HAJET event funding, we were able to purchase Halloween decorations to create a scary corridor. The event was considered very successful as once again, we had more participants than the previous year.



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Uryu Happy Easter Event hosted by MariTi Lovell!

The Uryu Happy Easter Event is something that was started nearly 3 ALTs ago, possibly more. For the Event, students ranging from preschool to Elementary school were invited to the town BOE to create Easter baskets and learn the rules of Easter Egg Hunt. After being helped by ALT volunteers the students were shuffled onto a bus and taken to Uryu’s Park to begin their hunt. There were over 200 eggs hidden for about 40 participants. Students were released onto the field and allowed to go crazy searching for eggs stuffed full of jelly beans and other candies. 2 golden eggs were hidden amongst those and students who collected these were awarded miniature Easter Baskets complete with chocolate bunnies. After returning from the hunt the students were allowed to dye and decorate Easter Eggs before going home to consume their candies and cause a sugar-induced ruckus for their parents. Next year we hope to include face-painting! So if you get the chance, try and join.


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Japanese Traditional Children’s Play Event in Higashikagura hosted by Jean Szu-Chuan Lien!

Higashikagura hosted a “Japanese Cultural Experience Program” as part of the international exchange with Jingxing Junior High School from Taipei, Taiwan. Volunteers from local groups, HOC and Ayame Senior Community College, came to help and teach participants about Japanese children’s play. The participants rotated through booths of menkowanage (ring-toss), taketonbo (bamboo-copter), kendamamangekyo (kaleidoscope), as well as getting dressed in yukata (summer kimono) and happi (vests worn during festivals) for photos. While there are some similarity between Japanese and Taiwanese children’s play, participants (both students and adults) as well as volunteers enjoyed the time together. Thanks for HAJET event funding, we were able to host an enjoyable event, and all the participants were able to take away an unforgettable memory.


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Samani Easter Event 2017 hosted by Sarah Higdon!

Haven’t gotten your fill of eggs and/or bunny hopping for the day? Then check out Sarah Higdon’s Easter event in Samani!


I have broken down this event into parts so that we might encompass many if not all parts that Easter has to offer. There is the most obvious Egg Hunt for the younger children. Afterward, we had the Egg-in-Spoon Relay, followed by a Bunny Hop Race. Next, we had a short break to hand out prizes for special eggs found during the Egg Hunt, and to allow people to get drinks that were provided. We also allowed time to present Easter Cakes, which I made, and to take pictures with Apoi Chan and the Egg Hunt groups. This then moved into Tea Time, during which people enjoyed their cakes and drinks. It was during this time that I presented a small explanation about Easter. Of course, this explanation was mostly in English, with Japanese translations to help explain the more complex things. Next, we had Egg Dyeing for the children. Finally, the children and volunteers gathered for the Bunny Hop Dance.

 

Pictures coming soon!


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Takinoue Easter Event 2017 hosted by Jordan Frazier!

 

When the kids showed up to the Easter event, they were really shy, and some are a bit worried about hanging around new foreigners! This year there were about 20 kids, with a mix of preschool and elementary students.

We started off with introductions- all the ALTs introduced themselves, where they’re from, and where they live now. Some of the kids got really into finding out where the ALTs are from- there was a cry of “Trump-san!!” every time a new American was introduced, and a very confused “CANADA!?” when the first Canadian introduced himself. The hardest part- explaining what Easter is. It’s a complicated and kind of strange holiday, so we made it more fun by focusing on what we actually do rather now than going too deeply into the history of it.

Next was reading a book! This year we picked out a really good book, “Happy Easter Little Critter.” This book gave basically a walkthrough on Easter and how it’s typically celebrated, plus talked about some good examples (like helping smaller children and not fighting over eggs!) that we hoped the students would do too.

Next we made easy paper baskets for the kids to use in the egg hunt. For the egg hunt, we used the back half of the Takinoue culture center, where there is some green space and a Japanese garden for the egg hunt. Every child received a certain number of eggs to find, and when they found that amount, they helped the smaller children find theirs.

Next came dyeing the eggs! Most of the children have never done something like this and were eager to try and make their own creations.

By the end, without fail, the children really warmed up to the other ALTs, and were readily talking and playing with them, even the ones who were hiding behind their mothers at the beginning. I think everyone- children, parents, and volunteers- all had a good time.


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Higashikagura Halloween Party 2016 (re-post)

You may be wondering, “Why am I seeing event posts about Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc. in mid-August..? You okay, Webmaster?” Don’t worry, I am A-okay. This post was originally on HAJET’s former website, and the new one’s looking a little empty. Use this event as a great example of what *you* can do with HAJET International Event Funding!


(Aaaand here’s that second dose of Higashikagura Halloween goodness!)


Higashikagura Halloween Party was held on 29 October, 2016, aimed at elementary school-aged children. We had a total of 135 participants and 26 volunteers spreading across 11 activity booths, including various games, face painting, and a large selection of crafts. Thanks for HAJET event funding, we were able to purchase Halloween decorations for the event and the event was considered very successful as it exceeded our expected maximum number of participants.


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Higashikagura Pumpkin Carving 2015 (re-post)

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Hey y’all! Prepare for a double dose of Halloween good times brought to you by Jean Szu-Chuan Lien of Higashikagura and HAJET international event funding! (For real, don’t be shy about starting up a yearly tradition in your town!)


Higashikagura Pumpkin Carving was held on 24 October, 2015. Most participants have never carved a pumpkin before, therefore we invited three volunteers to come and show them how. Thanks to HAJET event funding, we were able to purchase pumpkin carving kits, which were much safer tools for beginners. Participants were able to carve at least one pumpkin each within the allocated time, and they were lit up with LED candles at the end.

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Rubeshibe High School’s First Annual Christmas Party (re-post from 2016)

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Check out Rubeshibe’s first annual Christmas party, hosted by Stephanie Serres!


Rubeshibe High School held its first annual Christmas Party on December 22nd, 2016. The snowy afternoon was full of Christmas tree decorating, joyous caroling, candy munching, educational-yet fun-Power Point learning, and comfortable and casual conversing. All of this fun and cultural exchange would not have been made possible without the financial assistance of HAJET. Thanks to HAJET’s Event Funding, Rubeshibe High School was able to end the year with happiness and merriment.


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