TANOSHII Fun Camp
The 2014 TANOSHII Fun Camp was successfully completed on Friday, July 18, 2014 at the Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute. This was the 7th 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 to 10 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's theme was about "Oshōgatsu". Oshōgatsu is one of the most important holidays that Japanese Americans celebrate. The campers learned about the significance of the foods prepared for the New Year, the symbolism of the "Kadomatsu" and "Kasane Mochi". They made their own "Nengajo" New Year Cards, learned about the history of the "Hagoita and Hane" and made their own set.