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Houston Japan Festival Bilingual Volunteer Activity, April 13th and 14th

The Houston Japan Festival 2013 will take place at Hermann Park from 10 am to 7 pm on Saturday April 13th, and from 11 am to 5 pm on Sunday April 14th.
 
You will probably find that it can be very rewarding to work at the Japan Festival as a volunteer. This festival depends on volunteers to function. Volunteering for some types of very specific types of work also gives you to a chance to speak Japanese some or most of the shift.
 
I recommend parking in the Houston museum district, and then walking a few blocks to the festival site in Hermann Park. I also recommend bringing your own lunch, since festival food can be expensive.
 
The time period for signing up as an official festival volunteer seems to have passed, although you sometimes can still sign up as an official volunteer by visiting the volunteer sign-up booth early in the morning. There is especially a need for people to volunteer on Sunday. Takayama-san, whom many or you know from our group, will be in charge of a children's games area again this year. It is possible to work as a volunteer simply by contacting Takayama-san through his Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/events/118584998325033/permalink/130718820444984/#!/events/[masked]/)
or by talking to him during the festival. Takayama-san can assign you to a position at children's games, which can be a lot of fun. You get to speak Japanese and English (Spanish might also help) all shift to the kids, and the atmosphere is an approximation of a Japanese neighborhood summer festival. I always say that the more you play the role, the more fun it is.
 
Also this year our group will again use the gazebo in the Japan Garden for Shodo, although only on Saturday. Yoshihashi Sensei will be doing Shodo. We may need other people to help. Contact me directly for details. Working like this in at the gazebo in the Japan Garden can be an amazing experience - very peaceful and quiet in comparison to the rest of the festival, but all sorts of interesting people drop by for Shodo, like local high school students who speak fairly good conversational Japanese, Nikkeijin trying to remember how to write the family name, etc. This will be the 8th year that we have had a table or exhibit at the Japan Festival.

If anyone is willing to do Shodo on Sunday, please contact me immediately.
 
 --- Steven W. Johnston

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  • Mark T.

    Thank you for everything.Stibu san.

    1 · April 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll be at children's games on Saturday and one shift of Kimono try-on on Sunday. See you at the festival.

    April 11, 2013

  • Kiyomi

    I cannot help, my daughter's birthday and I have a wedding on 13th.

    April 8, 2013

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