(1/18) Volunteer for Japan-A-Mania

Love Japan?  Like children?  Don’t hate the idea of spending a weekend afternoon volunteering?  Then sign up for Jetaany’s (?)th Annual Japan-A-Mania at Big Brothers, Big Sisters of New York City.

Through different activities, we’ll introduce aspects of Japanese culture to the kids and their bigs.  Past stations have included chopsticks challenge, kimono dress up, Japanese writing, kendo, make your own onigiri and more!

The event will take place on Saturday, January 18, 2014 from 12pm to 4pm. Interested in volunteering? Great!  Have an idea for an activity? Even better. Please email Nikki at n.l.knight1[at]gmail.com and fill out the survey here to sign up: http://tinyurl.com/japanamania2013/. 


We set up booths throughout the building. Kids get cards and need to go to each booth to get stamps and answer some basic questions aboutJapan. If they do this, they get a simple prize (donated by the Consulate – usually Japanese flags or chopsticks). We generally stop half way through for a performance of some sort. In the past we have had Japanese dance or karate. Karate seems to be the one that really draws people in but we currently do not have a dojo who has volunteered. Does anyone have one that they recommend we reach out to? Or maybe connections at Taiko drumming? Or instead of a performance we can do a massive game of karuta or other Japanesey thing.

Previous Booths

  • Pictures in Kimono/happi/yukata
    • Volunteer Skill: Putting on kimono, basic photography
  • Japanese games (Chopstick Challenge)
    • Volunteer Skill: Children control, can use chopsticks
  • Origami
    • Volunteer Skill: Origami, following instructions
  • Japanese writing
    • Volunteer Skill: Knows Katakana really well, Kanji would be great too!
  • Making onigiri
    • Volunteer Skill: Can make onigiri, handle rice cooker

View more photos from past Japan~a~Mania events

Kendo Origami Yukata