Japanese Culture Presentations
1. Taisei, Masaki, Masaya POKEMON
2. Haruna, Yumi, Tomoka TAMAGOCCHI
What do you need to prepare?
You will prepare short cultural presentations where you demonstrate something about Japanese culture in English to Americans. You can choose your own group and topic.
These short presentations are very informal, and done casually with the observers.
You will be doing your Japanese culture presentations 1-4 times, depending on final program schedule. Possible places include:
1. Welcome Picnic
2. Senior Citizen Assisted Living Center
3. Bethel Child Development Center
4. Public Library
Here are some typical culture groups from past years:
• Origami. Students bring origami paper and teach children (and adults) how to do simple origami. Typically the KGU origami students are sitting at a table and the Americans who are interested in learning origami come up to the table and learn from the KGU students how to make a crane or a frog or whatever.
• Chopsticks. Students bring some chopsticks and teach Americans how to properly hold and use chopsticks. They can then help the Americans try to use them to pick up objects on a paper plate (candy, small balls, whatever) and move it to another paper plate.
• Yukata. Students bring their yukata, and maybe 4-5 small child size yukatas. Before the culture presentation begins, the KGU students put on their yukatas, and then they set the extra adult and child size yukatas out on the table for the Americans to try on, and take pictures, etc.
• Martial Arts. Students demonstrate martial arts.
• All students do a traditional dance, such as Soran-bushi or Yosakoi.
• High School Uniform. Students bring their high school uniforms and explain the meaning and purpose of these uniforms in Japanese high schools and junior high schools.
• Fashion Show. Students demonstrate various types of fashion that are currently popular in various parts of Japan.• Kendo demonstration.
• Japanese children’s games.
• Japanese snacks and tea.
• Tea Ceremony basics.
• Calligraphy. Students bring paper, brushes, ink to demonstrate some simple kanji, help Americans do a simple kanji or write their name, etc.
• Manga. Students bring manga books and show some of the most popular manga characters/series.
Last year's groups:
(1) Origami Saki, Kokoro, Kyoka
(2) Yukata Seren, Ayami, Marie
(3) Summer Festivals Monami, Shoko, Naoko, Misato
(4) Japanese Snacks Yuri, Naoko, Akira, Aoi
(5) Anime Shinsei, Kosuke, Shieri
1. Origami Machiko, Yuko, Nodoka, Mika
2. Snacks and teas Eri, Izumi, Yuri
3. Yukata Ruka, Haruka Y., Nahomi
4. Chopsticks Arisa, Haruka E., Kaho
5. Manga Katsuma, Ryota, Takehiko
6. Yosakoi Shinnosuke, Yoshitaka, Azusa, Rui
(1) Taiki, Katsu, Takayuki KICK BASEBALL
(2) Ayaka, Nanoha, Hinako, Chinami ORIGAMI
(3) Yui, Natsu, Mayu TRADITIONAL CHILDREN'S GAMES
(4) Kaho, Misaki, Akari, Akane CHOPSTICKS