Saturday, 21 November 2009

Going to a real life Japanese bazaar today

Off to Petersfield this afternoon for a Japanese Bazaar.
Here's the info from the organiser's web site:

A group of Japanese parents, living and working in the surrounding area, have recently moved their Japanese study group to Petersfield Community Centre. Known as “Kowasabi”, the group is organising a Japanese fun day from 1.30pm to 4.30pm on Saturday, 21st November at the Petersfield Community Centre in Love Lane.
The main purpose of the event is to raise some funds to support the school, whilst inviting other adults and children to come and learn about Japanese culture through hands-on activities. Authentic Japanese momentos and books printed in Japanese will be on sale, with the opportunity to have a go at crafts such as calligraphy and origami. There will be a chance for kids and adults alike to don Japanese costume, so you are advised to bring your own camera to capture the moment.
Kowasabi is a group of Japanese parents, married to British partners, with Anglo-Japanese children. It started in South Harting about 12 years ago and moved to Petersfield in September. One of the parents explains: 'It is a kiddies' Japanese study group, organised by Japanese parents. We would like to pass on our culture to our kids, as well as the language. That's why we started this group.' Indeed the children are bilingual in both English and Japanese, although some need persuading that Japanese is something that they really have to learn!
Kowasabi was chosen as a name because it is a play on 'wabi-sabi', a Japanese phrase about the country’s culture of beauty and simplicity, with Ko referring to little children.

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