Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Meeting Yukiko Yokono, our Japan Foundation Consultant

I attended a dinner in Tulsa in honor of Yukiko Yokono, our Japan Foundation Consultant in Tulsa. Her friends and the people from the Japan Foundation reviewing her work in Oklahoma were delightful. The meeting took place at an Amish farm called, The Millers.

The food was delicious and the company great. My students and Oklahoma City instructors will love meeting Yukiko. By the time she goes back to Japan, she would have served our state for two years as the Japan Outreach coordinator for the Center for East Asia Studies.

I also met Mrs. Farringer. She is considering being our Tea Ceremony instructor. She will come to Oklahoma City this coming Monday, January 30th to see if she wants to commit. I hope she would do so.

Although the drive was long, the meeting was productive and the food Oishi! Posted by Picasa

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Meeting with Asia Society

I attended the Asia Society meeting and heard about their yearly plans. Dr. Payma, its current President, gave me the opportunity to invite the society members to participate in the Nihon No Ajiwai-Taste of Japan at Casady School. I also let them know a sponsorship opportunity for the Nihon No Ajiwai-Taste of Japan.

As a result of this meeting I received a $50 donation from the Japan America Society and $ 50 from its current President, Mr. Tom Kelley.

I am to come back with final information regarding the Taste of Japan for their February 25th meeting. I asked permission via-email to register interested members before their next meeting starts and I requested consideration of a $50.00 donation.

The Society meets at the American Fidelity Building, first floor: 2000 Classen, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Their future meetings and/or events are going to be:
February 25(meeting), March 25(meeting), May 13 (meeting if needed), May 27 (Asian Festival), July 4 (ASO Participates in Parade), July 22 (Taste of Asia meeting), August 19 or 26:TBD (Taste of Asia), September 16 (meeting), October 21 or 28-November 4-11: TBD(Awards Banquet) , November 18(Elections), December 10 (End of the Year).

This is the letter that I will take to the possible sponsors:

To: Possible Benefactors, Patrons, and Friends of YAC’s “Nihon No Ajiwai-Taste of Japan”

The Casady Service-Learning Youth and Adult Advisory and Action Council (YAC)’s mission is to empower youth leadership through service and develop skills for action. Casady School is an Episcopal college preparatory school. Casady YAC students create projects of the mind and perform actions of the heart to learn from, and help better our community. This year, a group of YAC students motivated by Mrs. Carmen Clay’s three-week stay in Japan, as part of the Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund Teacher Program, decided to raise awareness of the Japanese culture in Oklahoma City through an arts empowered Nihon No Ajiwai-Taste of Japan.

The Nihon No Ajiwai-Taste of Japan is an organized, engaging, educational experiential learning opportunity in the Japanese culture through the arts. The goal is to raise awareness of the Japanese culture in Oklahoma in an interactive way. YAC feels that the Japanese culture in Oklahoma is one of the best-hidden secrets of Oklahoma City’s multicultural tapestry. The Taste of Japan-Nihon No Ajiwai workshops will also provide the background service-learners need to take its message to institutions serving needy Oklahomans who might not otherwise be exposed to the magic of Japan unless, unpaid, enthusiastic teenagers deliver the cultural bouquet learned at the Nihon No Ajiwai-Taste of Japan experientially.

The Nihon No Ajiwai-Taste of Japan Program will be under the responsibility of the Casady School Rainbolt Family Service Learning Chair, Carmen Clay’74 and the Casady Youth and Adult Advisory and Action Council (YAC). The workshops will be organized and implemented by Casady youth and adults in collaboration with Japanese American Oklahomans and international students from local colleges and universities. Community advisors to Mrs. Clay and her Service-Learning YAC students will be the Japan Outreach Coordinator, Oklahoma Institute for Teaching East Asia, University of Oklahoma-Schusterman Center, Ms. Yukiko Yokono, the Learn and Serve Regional Service-Learning Center at Camp Fire USA Director, Mrs. Kate Collins, Okii Taiko, Sensei, Dr. Tom Warm, and the Japan-America Society of Oklahoma 2005 President and classical Japanese dance instructor and singer, Mrs. Mari Lesli, Tozan Yumi Yogiku.

Nihon No Ajiwai-Taste of Japan Program at Casady School
Saturday, March 25, 2006 - 2:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

Okii Taiko: Japanese Drumming: Dr. Tom Warm, Sensei and Taiko Performers
30 Minute Workshops
1) Origami:YeGeun Song’06, Mrs. Fumiko Street, Mrs. Tomoko Craig
2) Shuji: Japanese Calligraphy: June Nakagawa’07, Mrs. Nakagawa, Mr. Hiroshi Watanabe
3) A Karate Lesson: Justin Ou’07, Mr. Tomio Okura
4) Tanko Bushi Dance: Deepika Ganta’08, Mrs. Tozan Yumi Yogiku, Middle School students, and YAC members
5) .Anime-Manga: Maria Chaverri’06, Mr. Neil Wade
6) Japanese Kites: Houston Small’07, Mrs. Shirley Small, YAC members
7) The Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund Teacher Program: Mrs. Carmen Clay’74, YAC members
8) Shinto Shrines: Dr. Sidney Brown, YAC members
9) Bonsai: Mr. Dale Haworth, Oklahoma Bonsai Society, YAC members
10) Kendo Demonstration: Mr. Brian Mosely, Sen Shin Kan Dojo, YAC members
11) Japanese Cooking Demonstration: Pending, YAC members
12) Japanese Feudalism: The Samurai: Mr. Jay Childs, 6th grade students, YAC members
13) Aikido: Mr. Kent Drye, Wingsong Dojo, YAC members
90 minute Workshops
1. Ikebana: Angelina Kiser’08, Mrs. Yukiko Burnett
2. Sumie: Japanese Brush Painting Ms. Etsuko Blackburn, Mrs. Phyillis Seitter, Neesa Hashmi’07. Sponsored by Casady’s Upper Division Art Department
3. Japanese Tea Ceremony and Kimono Demonstration: Pending, YAC members

Japanese items for sale. A percentage of the sales will fund future Japanese outreach workshops
McClendon Middle School
Classical Japanese Dances: Tozan Yumi Yogiku
Food Sampling: Pending

The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership has provided a $5,000 grant for the Nihon No Ajiwai-Taste of Japan. We are grateful for their support allowing us to bring local experts in their fields to work in partnership with our students. We are also thankful for their generosity with partial funding of supplies and other program related expenses. We are expecting from 250-300 participants. Pre-registered entrance tickets will cost $5.00. The cost of the entrance tickets on-site will be $7:00. The entrance tickets entitle participation in the opening and closing ceremonies and three, 30-minute workshops or one, 90-minute workshop and one, 30-minute workshop. Workshops have a capacity of 20 participants per session.

We are asking you to consider supporting this innovative youth-led opportunity to enhance understanding of diversity as a source of unity and creativity and to empower youth leadership through service with intergenerational, multicultural collaborations. In exchange, you will receive recognition of your support within the Casady community in our program, free pre-registration, and first choice of workshops. In addition, benefactors and patrons will have logos and/or information included in our flyers and local media press releases. Funding is needed for expenses not covered by the grant and future outreach youth-led Japanese culture workshops costs.

Sponsorship levels are: Benefactors: $1000 or more, Patrons: $500 or more, and Friends: $ 50 or more.

If you have questions or wish to pre-register for the Taste of Japan, please contact Carmen Clay’74, Rainbolt Family Service-Learning Chair at 749-3103, cell: 520-1325 or at clayc@casady.org. Thank you for the opportunity to make this request. We urge your thoughtful consideration.

Please make checks payable to:

Casady School Service-Learning Program: Taste of Japan Fund
Attn: Carmen Clay
9500 North Pennsylvania
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73120

Friday, January 20, 2006

Nihon No Ajiwai update

Almost all workshops have experts on board. We are working on the program, supply budgets and sponsors for the Nihon No Ajiwai expenses not covered by the Japan Foundation grant.

I have decided not to have a dinner. We will have a food sampling. We hope people will stay for the food and the entertainment after the workshops. We hope to end the Taste of Japan Journey/Festival with music, dance, and singing.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

MLK Weekend Projects: Making a" Day off" a "Weekend of Service

Cyclones were busy following Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. service guidance: Everyone can be great, because everyone can serve: http://www.thekingcenter.org/.

Aikman End Zone volunteers work with children with long hospital stays at Children Hospital. Thank you Mr. Reynolds for your support and supervision.

The World Neighbors YAC continued to plan the world hunger awareness banquet on Sunday. Marketing materials and final decision making were on their agenda. Thank to the Casady mothers who attended and to Mrs. April Millaway an Mrs. Carrie Hill who supervised it.

Mrs. Carmen Clay and Mrs. Mari Leslie, Nihon No Ajiwai volunteer, traveled to Dallas to learn from the Japan American Society of Dallas and Forth Worth New Year's celebration. Good contacts were made and some changes will be generated on the Taste of Japan program as a result of this field trip.

On Monday, MLK Day, Brittani Johnson'08, honored the memory of her uncle, Dr. Robbie Johnson, with the first united effort between two rivals schools in the sports fields: Heritage Hall High School (Charges) and Casady School (Cyclones). Dr. Robbie Johnson was an outstanding charger and his classmates Dr. Bill Bondurant, Kit Greene, Kurt McDowell and Casady's Mr. Richard Clements made Brittani's project possible. Charges and Cyclones packed 2,880 bags = 2880 Oklahoma kids will be feed thanks to the the Food-4-Kids Program and the Charger and Cyclone effort: http://www.regionalfoodbank.org/food4kids.php: "Food 4 Kids was established to help meet the needs of chronically hungry children in elementary schools. When we heard firsthand from a school principal that a student had passed out on a Monday morning due to a lack of food over the weekend it became evident something needed to be done."

Friday, January 13, 2006

Tanko Bushi, Sumie and Kendo at the Nihon No Ajiwai Festival

This has been an active Nihon No Ajiwai week.

Ms. Leslie met with Deepika'08, Courtney'08 and Mrs. Collins, Director of the Learn and Serve Service-Learning Center at Camp Fire USA to brainstorm the Tanko Bushi festival finale. Mrs. Leslie and Mrs. Clay then went to a fabric store to look for materials and investigate cost of the happi coats, official Tanko Bushi and festival organizers wear. Mrs. Leslie also met with June'07 who was asked to consider dancing as part of the grand finale. June'07 will be teaching Japanese writing at the festival.

Mr. Ba Luong, from the Vietnamese store, Super Cao, devoted several hours of his time to help improve the sponsor's request letter. He also gave suggestions for promotional materials and shared his sources. Mr. Luong recommended to meet with Mr. Eli Embry to investigate the cost and menu of the festival dinner. It was agreed that a $15.00 per person dinner was a reasonable price to charge for Japanese Food.

Mrs. Blackburn met with Ye-Geun'07 and Mrs. Seitter, Art Teacher at the Upper Division. Mrs. Blackburn agreed to teach Sumie in a 90 minute workshop. Sumie= Japanese Brush Painting.

Mrs. Blackburn also agreed to let the festival use one of her favorite paintings which she titled "Oneness" as the festival's promotional art. We are very lucky to have such a talented and experienced Japanese artist on board.

Mr. Bryan Mosley agreed to do three 30-minute Kendo demonstration at the festival. He will start with a 5 minute background video. Then he will have his students demonstrate.

Dr. Tom Warm was the source of all these contacts. He also worked very hard via e-mail to provide leads for the Tea Ceremony, Shrines of Japan, and Japanese writing instructors as well as names of possible donors. Thank you, Dr. Warm for your priceless contribution to the festival. Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Casady Cochran Library has Asian Displays

As part of the festival, participants will have the option of visiting the Cochran Library where Dr. Jenkins will have Asian displays and a Japanese Center. Thank you Dr. Jenkins for your support Posted by Picasa

Monday, January 09, 2006

Weekend Meetings: JASO and Super Cao Nguyen

Ye-Geun'06 presented the Taste of Japan Festival to the Japan America Society of Oklahoma 2006 officers. Thank you to Mr. Don Kelley for allowing us to present during their planning meeting. Mr. Charlie Burnett spokesmen for the group stated that the festival is the type of activity the society hopes to sponsor in the community.

Ye-Geun'06 and I replied that we needed resources, funding, and for them to consider attending the festival. Mr. Burnett's wife, Mrs. Yukiko Burnett will be the festival's Ikebana instructor and a performer with the Okii Taiko drumming group. She will also provide 1,000 cranes she has made for the safety of their child in Irak. The JASO officers also provided leads to Japanese sports instructors.

Before the JASO meeting, Ye-Geun presented the Festival to the public relations representative, Mr. Ba Luong of Super Cao Nguyen. Mr. Luong is my former student and a great marketing advisor and sponsor of youth leadership through service. As a result of the meeting, we will be fundraising to buy food and supplies for the festival during Activities. He will come this Wednesday to see our sponorship and donor letter. He will also hear the youth members give their first presentation for sponsorships. Mr. Luong owns the Super Cao Vietnamese Market; the largest Asian Market in Oklahoma City.

I requested Mr. Luong and his catering connections to help me with the festival's food. Mr. Eli Embry, another former student of mine will be approached after the meeting this coming Wednesday. Possibilities are openning, but we seem to have very little time left on this month. My goal is to have all sponsorship by the end of this month so we can start advertising.

This Wednesday we will have Mari Leslie and Ba Luong on campus. Last week it was the Okii Taiko group. Yukiko wrote an e-mail from Tulsa saying that she is considering coming this coming Monday. I hope she does although we will have to do two activities in one. I am scheduled to have a MLKD project at the Food Bank.

Saturday, January 07, 2006

Festival Planning: Japanese Consulate in Houston responds

Following a suggestion of our Japanese advisor from Tulsa Mrs. Yukiko Yokono, I contacted the Japanese Counsulate in Houston. Mr. Dennis Nance answered the e-mail with a phone call. After a short conversation, the following e-mail provided leads for resources for our festival.

Dear Ms. Clay,

It was nice to speak with you today. Best of luck preparing for the “Nihon no Ajiwai” festival at your school. Please follow this link to a list of cultural items our office can lend to you:

We also have origami paper, posters and pamphlets with information about Japan.

I asked about sample letters from organizations seeking donations for such an event, but unfortunately our office doesn’t have any of this material. I recommend speaking to someone at the Japan-America Society of Houston or Dallas/Fort Worth. Every year, these organizations put together a Japan Festival and might have some valuable advice to offer you and your students.

I will include their contact information below:

The Japan-America Society of Houston
4801 Woodway, Suite 230W
Houston, TX 77056
Phone: (713) 963-0121
Fax: (713) 963-8270
Email: jash@jashouston.org
Website: http://www.jashouston.org

Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth
11615 Forest Central Drive
Suite 206, LB 26
Dallas, TX 75243
Phone: (214) 342-2022
Fax: (214) 342-1022
Email: jasdfw@us-japan.org
Website: http://www.jasdfw.org

I look forward to hearing from you again soon.


Dennis Nance
Cultural Affairs and Information Section
Consulate-General of Japan at Houston
1000 Louisiana, Suite 2300
Houston, TX 77002
Tel: (713) 652-2977 Ext. 120
Fax: ((713) 651-7822

Casady Middle Division surprises Okii Taiko

Posted by Picasa An Okii Taiko fan and Mr. Childs' Class Project

Okii Taiko and Origami Instructors visit Casady

Part of the Okii Taiko performers and Origami instructors visited the Casady Middle Division. They were welcomed by its Director, Mrs. Elizabeth Larsen, and the teachers whose rooms they were considering using for their workshops during the festival. Mr. Braden and Mrs. Crossno are in this picture. Posted by Picasa

Festival Planning: Okii Taiko Meeting at Hunan's

Mr. Tom Warm, Okii Taiko's Director brought a group of his performers and two Origami instructors to Casady School.

The Okii Taiko delegation came to hear a proposal presentation requesting their consideration to provide instruction and expert advise for the creation of the youth led Taste of Japan Festival workshops on March 25, 2006 at Casady School.

Mrs. Kimie Warm is an Okii Taiko drummist. Mrs. Yukiko Burnett was considering helping as an Okii Taiko performer and as an Ikebana instructor, and Mrs. Tomoko Craig was considering helping Ge-Geun'06 as an Origami instructor. Present at the lunch were also Ye-Geun'06, Taste of Japan Festival Youth Chair, Mrs. Fumiko Street, Origami instructor, her husband and Mr. Mike Walker, Casady's percussion teacher.

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A decision making opportunity: The Nara Pen Pal Project

How did the students choose their Pen Pals? This Cyclone demonstrates the process. On a first come, first served basis, students read the letters from the Nara school and chose the person they found something in common or simply because they liked the drawing or picture they sent.

The students from Nara sent us two CD's with their favorite music. We are sending a DVD made by Caitlin'07 titled "This is Casady." Caitlin made that DVD for my trip to Japan. Copies were left at Yanagawa's City Hall and with Student Council members at the Ryujo Junior High Schoo and Denshukan High School in Yanagawa-shi, Fukuoka Posted by Picasa

Nara's Pen Pal Project Starts

We received 18 letters from a school in Nara. This is a picture of the 8 Cyclones who heard the Chapel annoucement for a group picture on Friday. There were too many students gone for sports activities, therefore, we will take a group picture again.

I hope to send our response letters Monday.

Nara School
Tonan Junior High School
Mr. Takashi Ishioka, 9th grade English teacher
505-50 Kitsui
Kashiba City, Japan 639-0234
Mr. Ishioka's website: http://www5b.biglobe.ne.jp/~isioka/

Oklahoma City School
Casady School
9500 North Pennsylvania
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 73120

Mrs. Carmen Clay
Rainbolt Family Service-Learning Chair
Casady School High School (9th-12th grades) Casady has a Primary, Lower and Middle Divisions also. We are a Pre-k-12th college preparatory Episcopal school. Our mission: Educate mind, body and spirit with multiple choices for a meaningful life. http://www.casady.org/
This picture has a few more of the Pen Pals. I expect to get their letters on Tuesday and mail them the same day. It was a very cold morning in Oklahoma City.