Monday, October 23, 2006
Sunday, July 16, 2006
A small group of adult facilitators, youth helpers and performers were at Sumo Japanese Restaurant at 2:00 p.m.. After a welcome by Justin, participants viewed a reflective PowerPoint and the Origami DVD. The Taste of Japan DVD was not ready by the celebration time. It was sent to JFMF later on.
The Taste of Japan Reflection/Celebration was honored by the presence of Mr. Lloyd Hardin, Consul General of Japan in Oklahoma and his lovely wife. Hardin San closed the affair explaining the importance of interpersonal relationship and seniority in the Japanese culture. Mr. Hardin also broaden the participants' understanding of the meaning of karaoke in the Japanese culture.
Thank you to everyone who attended and provided feedback for future cultural activities at Casady School!
Tuesday, July 04, 2006
Justin'07, the new YAC Senior Chair, Houston'07 and June'07 sent thank you notes and invitations to the final Taste of Japan Celebration/Reflection to organizers and sponsors. If you participated, but did not get an invitation, forgive us. Please feel welcome. Here is the information:
For inspiring civic responsibility in youth.
For providing an environment for service-learning, learning and leadership.
For being an example.
For helping Casady students meet their potential.
For joining us to celebrate all that we can do together. The CASADY YAC, THANKS YOU and invites you to our Taste of Japan Celebration with Karaoke
When? Saturday, July 15 from 2-4 p.m.
Where? Sumo Japanese Steak House and Suchi Bar, 1803 S. Broadway in Edmond, between 19th Street and Broadway Extension
What? Sharing reflections and reports to the Japan Foundation and the Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund Teacher Programs. Looking at areas to improve, view Taste of Japan pictures, PowerPoint and DVD. Enjoy Karaoke, snacks and green tea .
Why? Complete stages of Service-Learning: Share learning and talk about next steps.
RSVP IF REGRETTING to firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
I am waiting for the Taste of Japan video to be edited and I will send my Taste of Japan reflection, expenditures details, and evaluation reports to the Japan Foundation, Center for Global Partnerships and the Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund.
I am also waiting to hear from the Consul General of the Japanese Government in Oklahoma. I hope to request a meeting to set a schedule of workshops; funding provided by grants or donations to continue enhancing the OKC awareness of the Japanese culture.
Sunday, April 09, 2006
The Beginning: Participants enjoyed melodies performed by Casady's String Quartet as they entered Calvert where the opening of the Taste of Japan took place.
Jared and David also thanked Mrs. Etsuko Blackburn and her sales manager, Mrs. Boone for a donation of a percentage of the sales of Mrs. Etsuko art to cover Taste of Japan expenses. Special "Merci" was also given to Mr. Stdrovia Blackburn of Digital DK. LLC for the generous donation of his time and professional knowledge shared in the production of the beautiful Taste of Japan flyer and program.
After Taste of Japan participants registered or picked-up pre-registration name tags and listened to opening remarks. Then Okii Taiko Drumming Performed. For some of the participants, it was the first time to see Taiko drums. Then participants went to their first scheduled workshop.
At 5:30, participants returned to Calvert where Ikebana arrangenments, made at the Ikebana workshop, decorated the tables. The Ikebanas were for sale as part of the silent auction.
The Grand Finale
Jerad and David welcomed the participants back to Calvert and to the grand finale: Food sampling by Sumo Steak House and Suchi Bar (Gyoza, California rolls, teriyaki chiken, fried rice) and cold refreshing tea donated by Super Cao Nguyen Market were first in the program. Jerad and David had to do some quick problem-solving when the Japanese Bento-Obento boxes from Sumo restaurant were late to arrive. They did such a good job entertaining and changing the schedule of performances that only organizers were bothered by this unforseen difficulty. Special thank to Mrs. Geni Thomas Woodward, Casady Chef, who came to our rescue when Sumo forgot to bring eating utensils and napkins.
Friday, March 31, 2006
Thank you to Dr. Tom Warm and the Okii Taiko Drummers for a great opening.
Okii Taiko was formed in 2002. They are called "Okii", because they are from Oklahoma, but also because in Japanese "okii" means "large" or "great". "Taiko" means "big drum", so "Okii Taiko" means "great, big drum". They are an amateur group, who perform for the joy of playing taiko drums. They give about 12 performances per year. They have given performances at many local venues, including the OK Art Museum, Tinker AFB, OCCC, OU, UCO, OCU, Rose State Univ., Governor's Mansion, Myriad Gardens, FAA, Will Rogers Park, plus local churches, libraries, retirement homes, and schools. Next month they will be performing at the 2006 Festival of the Arts on the Myriad Gardens Water Stage.
Botanzishi: CelebrationTozan Yume Yugiko (Mrs. Mari Leslie)
Yosakura Ohichi: Cherry Blosson Tomo Nakashima
Special thanks to Ye-Geun for her pictures
The first dance performed at the Taste of Japan was Botanzishi or Celebration inspires us to imagine two cubs playing in a valley surrounded by majestic mountains. The valley is covered with beautiful flowers and butterflies. The scenery is simply breathtaking. Time passes by and the cubs become husband and wife and live happily ever after. Botanzishi is usually performed at weddings or after couples build a home. Tozan Yume Yugiku, performed Celebration.
The second dance performed at the Taste of Japan was Yosakura Oshichi, Cherry Blosson. This dance is based on a true story. It narrates the story of a girl named Oshichi whose house burned on a fire and her family had to stay at a temple where Oshichi falls in love with a young monk. Because of class differences, this love is prohibited. Oshichi becomes insane with love and burns her house again hoping to return to the temple. She is severely punished. Oshichi ends her days dreaming about the monk at parks covered with cherry blossoms. Yosakura Oshichi was performed by Miss Tomomi Nakashima performed
Mrs. Yumie Farringer, Miss Yukiko Yokono and several helpers from Tulsa conducted the kimono demonstration and tea ceremony workshop. Sarah'07 and Mary'09 modeled the Kimonos during the workshops and at the grand finale during the fashion show.
Here is Yukiko's reflection: I truly enjoyed the Taste of Japan and working with you. I could only see our tea ceremony and grand finale, but we had many audiences there and they seemed to enjoy and have learned a lot from the festival. Also this is our first time to do tea ceremony in Oklahoma City, we were so happy to expand our activities, and we could meet other Japanese communities there.
The assistants at the tea ceremony were big help. Mary and Sarah helped us more than we expected. They were thoughtful, patient and caring us in various ways. We were so happy to have such beautiful and kind ladies as assistants. Also we believe that they had a good opportunity to wear kimono and experience Japanese traditional culture. I hope that Casady School could have this wonderful international project yearly from now on. The Taste of Japan was first and very successful event for Casady, Oklahoma City (Oklahoma), Japanese communities and Japan, I believe.
June'07, Mrs. Hideko Nakagawa and Mr. Hiroshi Watanabe made a great Shuji team. I saw young children proudly displaying their Japanese Calligraphy-Shuji on their T-shirts. It was nice to see how proud they were of what they had learned. Thank you Shuji team.
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