KIRA matsuri

Posted on Oct. 14, 2009 by geoffropuff

i’ve mentioned KIRA a few times, but to refresh, it’s the kashiwa international relations association. basically, they are a group of people that try to spread cultural diversity around kashiwa. anyways, they had their annual festival and asked ken and myself to administer an easy quiz to children.

welcome to kashiwa matsuri

welcome to kashiwa matsuri

when they said easy, they didn’t quite specify how easy they wanted.  apparently, easy questions like, “what colors are in the american flag?” are too hard.  ken and i had prepared about 30 questions, 15 easy and 15 slightly more difficult, only about 7 of which we actually used.  it was quite frustrating but that frustration melts away when you have these smiling little kids looking at you.

so my quiz was for the america (california) booth, but there were a lot of other booths.  australia, singapore, china, thailand, philippines, south korea, srilanka, peru, brazil, and indonesia.  i swear i didn’t know there were that many different countries represented in kashiwa.  it felt like the whole foreign population of japan was in that gymnasium.  i’m not gonna lie, it was pretty cool.

the thailand table's decoration

the thailand table's decoration

i thought hello kitty was the ambassador to japan, not the phillipines

i thought hello kitty was the ambassador to japan, not the phillipines

peru and brazil table

peru and brazil table

students from camden australia visiting and performing a dance

students from camden australia visiting and performing a dance

the gymnasium belonged to a junior high school, so their brass band played as the entertainment.  man, i swear japanese students are WAY better in music (and drawing, for that matter) than american students.  every person in japan can sing, everyone can be a manga artist, and in most ways just make me feel inadequate in regards to the arts.

not much else to say besides, the poster that was headlining the USA booth was AWESOME!

"CALIFORNIA, YOU'LL BE BACK." -AHHNOLD

"CALIFORNIA, YOU'LL BE BACK." -AHHNOLD

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