The 2016 TANOSHII Fun Camp was successfully completed on Friday, July 15, 2016 at the Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute. This was the 9th year for the week long TANOSHII Fun Camp, sponsored by the South Bay JACL and the Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute (GVJCI) for children 7 to10 years old. The goal of the camp is to promote the legacy of the Japanese American culture and heritage to our youth by:
• Enhancing the legacy of the Japanese American values introduced by the Issei
• Exploring the Japanese American culture, traditions and their adaptations
• Sharing the Japanese American experiences and history to the campers
Led by high school and college aged camp counselors, as well as adult volunteers, the TANOSHII Fun Camp truly serves as an intergenerational learning experience for all who want to learn more about Japanese and Japanese American heritage and culture.
This year the camp “theme” was Haru Matsuri, Spring Festival. We shared the knowledge of two special days, Hina Matsuri, Girl’s Day and Tango no Sekku, Boy’s Day, with the campers. The campers learned the significance of Hina Matsuri and Tango no Sekku through class room lessons, craft activities and skits, performed by the camp counselors.
Besides craft and sports, the campers learned about “Kachikans”, life values that our Issei and Nisei instilled into us when they came to the United States. This year we taught the campers three “Kachikan” and used them throughout the camp during the week.
CHANTO Doing it the Right Way
ISSHŌKENMEI Try Hard … Do Things with Great Effort
GAMBARE Don’t Give Up … Stick with Your Goal