Mondays with Mrs. Sparkles: Exploring Japan from Kentuckiana


Following last week’s natural disaster, our hearts and prayers have been with the people of Japan. Images and vague ideas of earthquakes, tsunamis and nuclear reactors exploding have infiltrated our family’s psyche. Unwittingly, our daughter has formed her own idea of what a tsunami is – a pile of debris and trash on top of houses – thus, separating the tsunami with the result.
With so many images of devastation pervading our concept of Japan, I would like to suggest some activities and resources that will help put this past week’s events into context. Enjoy exploring Japan!

Sadako and the 1,000 cranes:
Explore Japan’s history through a book and with making Origami Cranes. Read “Sadako and the 1,000 Cranes” with your child. Work together to create your own Origami Cranes. Follow the video below. It will guide you through the process of making an Origami Crane. All you will need is a square sheet of 20lb or less paper. Use Origami paper, DCMV basic Scrapbooking paper or copy paper.
Here’s a Video

DCMV Paper at Joanns

Crane House, The Asia Institute:
Take a tour of the Crane House galleries. Call ahead to schedule a tour.
Japan-Kentucky Friendship Gardens:
Take a ride to Georgetown, Kentucky to explore, Yuko-En on the Elkhorn, a serene Japanese style stroll garden. Take some dry bread with you to feed to the Koi in the pond.

Cherry Blossom Festival and Georgetown International Kite and Culture Festival:
Plan your trip to Georgetown for Saturday, April 18 and attend both events which will be held on adjacent properties. Make a kite, stroll through the Yuko-En gardens and watch cultural performances.

Explore Japan From Home:
Visit Japan from the comfort of your home. Learn about Manga, contemporary fashion, and of course, Japanese foods among other things.

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