This year the camp theme was “Haru Matsuri”. The Spring Festivals are popular Japanese festivals that celebrate two special days, Hina Matsuri, Girl’s Day and Tango no Sekku, Boy’s Day. The campers also learned and participated in Undōkai, Health and Sport Day.
Hina Matsuri: The campers learned the significance of Hina Matsuri, Girls Day, through class room lessons, craft activities and skits, performed by the camp counselors. March 3rd was Hina Matsuri. On this day, families with young girls celebrated this event at home to hope for their daughter’s happiness. The families decorated their homes with special dolls call Hina Ningyo (Hina Matsuri Dolls). Our camper made their own dolls and learned the significance of the 7-tier, 15 dolls display.
Tango no Sekku: May 5th was Tango no Sekku, Boys Day, also known as Kodomo No Hi (Children’s Day). Families with boys displayed a helmet replica (Kabuto) or samurai dolls inside their homes and flew the Koinobori (carp streamers). Our campers made their own Koinobori and Kabuto.
Undōkai: The campers conducted Undōkai, Health and Sport Day on Thursday. It’s a day to promote physical and mental health through enjoyment of sports and competition. The TANOSHII Fun Camp performed their Undōkai games at Wilson Park in Torrance. In keeping with the tradition of Undōkai, the campers were divided into two teams, the Red Team and the White Team.
On Friday,July 15th the TANOSHII Fun Camp ended another successful week with a special luncheon. Over 140 people, including campers, counselors, volunteers, family and friends attended the luncheon where the campers and counselors talked about the camp. They sang the “Hinamatsuri Song” and the “Koinobori Song”, conducted the “Jan-Ken-Pon” Tournament and ended the day with the traditional Obon Dancing. Needless to say, all of the TANOSHII Fun Camp Campers had a week of learning, playing and friendship.
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