ようこそ Yōkoso! Welcome!

What a wonderful time we had with our Japanese visitors! We played traditional Japanese games, discovered how to wear a kimono, brush-stroked some calligraphy, folded paper cranes and tied beautiful furoshiki.

Scroll down to learn a little more about some of the actiivities and keep scrolling to see us in action....

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Furoshiki - The Art of Japanese Gift Wrapping.

Furoshiki wrapping uses a single piece of cloth.

Furoshiki is a combination of two words “furo” and “shiki”

meaning “bath” and “to spread”.

In the past people going to the sento (public baths) would bundle

their clothes up into a furoshiki.

The tradition of furoshiki is more than 1,200 years old.

Furoshiki promotes caring for the environment and reducing waste.

Furoshiki step-by-step here


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Kimono

The word "kimono", means a "thing to wear".

Ki means "wear" and mono means "thing".

Kimono are T-shaped, straight-lined robes with collars

and long, wide sleeves.

Kimono are wrapped around the body, with the left side

over the right except when dressing the dead for burial.

They secured by a sash called an obi, which is tied at the back.

Kimono history here. Kimono facts, words and activities here

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Ohajiki - Japanese flat marbles

The name ohajiki comes from the snapping or flicking (hajiku)

with the fingers.

This game became very popular as an indoor game for girls

during the Edo period (from 1603 to 1867).

How to play Ohajiki here


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Kendama

The Kendama is made up of the “ken” (handle) and

the “tama” (ball), connected by a string.

How to play Kendama here.

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Darumaotoshi

"Daruma" is the name of the doll ,"Otoshi" means "to drop".

The purpose of the game is to knock the center pieces out

with the hammer without causing the doll on top to fall over.

The doll on top is called daruma; He represents the Buddhist

priest Bodhidharma who is said to have lost the use of his

arms and legs after meditating for nine years.


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Shodo

The art of Japanese calligraphy is called shodo.

Fude - brush

Hanshi - calligraphy paper

Shitajiki - soft cloth pad for hanshi

Sumi - black ink

Bunchin - paper weight

学生 Gakusei - Students... ありがとうArigatō! Thankyou!

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