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For the month of May our Anthropology Day Celebration will be centered around the delightful Japanese tradition of Children’s Day: celebrating the joy of children and honoring their mothers.  Especially wonderful is the emphasis on “joy,” reminding us all that children are naturally joyous and that their joy is most often contagious! Not to be missed is Japan Town’s Children’s Day Celebration on Saturday, May 2 from 11 am to 4 pm. It’s free and there will be cultural arts and crafts, games, Taiko drumming, children’s songs, kendo, and much fun! Our school celebration will be on Thursday, May 7th. With the help of our parent volunteers, we will have special traditional treats, colorful decorations, music, images of the celebration for the children to enjoy and…we shall see!

Lastly, the April African celebration was enormous fun. For the first time, Color Day (green), Anthropology Day, and Earth Day were combined into a get-close-to-nature experience. Again, our parent volunteers stepped forward with flowers, garlands, leaves, and vines with which the teachers adorned the children. Each classroom had planned activities to help the children remember that the real world is that which has life.

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