(4/20) Planning Meeting for Japan-a-Mania

When: Wednesday, April 20th at 6:30pm

Where: Cosi, 841 Broadway (at 13th street, near Union Square)

What: Informal planning meeting for upcoming Japan-a-mania

RSVP / Questions: Contact Kat Barnas at kb2192@columbia.edu

Background on the event

Japan-a-mania is day of community service where JET alumni and friends showcase Japanese culture to kids with booths, prizes and performances. It’s co-sponsored by the non-profit Big Brothers/Big Sisters so we’ll be working with kids kids from 7-17 years old and their adult mentors.

Basic idea

We will set up various booths around the building. In the past, we’ve had:

– a chopsticks game

– kimono/happi/yukata station

– onigiri making

– origami folding

– Japanese writing

– your idea here! (some ideas: a karuta game, rajio taiso, sending messages to Japan, Japanese pop culture)

We also usually have a brief dance performance or karate demonstration.

We’re specifically looking for a martial arts dojo or taiko drumming group to reach out to for the performance. Please let Kat know if you have a lead- or come to the meeting!