Annual Chibi-no-Gakko Summer Camp Held in Orange County

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Program participants at the Nikkei Heritage Museum in Fullerton.

FULLERTON — Chibi-no-Gakko (Japanese American Heritage Camp) held its second annual summer camp the week of July 5 to 8 at the Fullerton Arboretum and Nikkei Heritage Museum.

The event was sponsored by the following: SELANOCO (Southeast Los Angeles/Northern Orange County) Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League, Project Kokoro of Orange County Buddhist Church, the Fullerton Arboretum and Nikkei Heritage Museum.

The theme of the session was “Nisei Resettlement” and the children had a fun-filled week learning about Japanese American heritage with activities like creating leaf print ceramic plates, planting daikon, making takuan, doing gyotaku (fish prints), making shibori happi coats, cooking wagashi (Japanese sweet snacks), and learning Japanese words, phrases and songs.

The students also had the opportunity to get a docent-led tour of the Fullerton Arboretum, the Heritage House and the Nikkei Heritage Museum.

Heritage Source provided a book fair on July 6. The event culminated on July 8 with a microwave mochi cooking demo by the Girl Scout Cadettes of Troop 675 and a special presentation by guest speakers Glenn Tanaka of Tanaka Farms and Joan Kawase of SELANOCO JACL.

Tanaka spoke about his family’s farming history and how they are continuing the tradition at Tanaka Farms. Kawase spoke about her parents’ experience going from internment camps to resettling in Orange County.

Organizers thanked the college student counselors, parent volunteers, Girls Scouts of Troop 675, the guest speakers, and all those who helped to support the program, including Heritage Source, Tanaka Farms and Union Bank. Chibi-no-Gakko 2011 would not have been possible without the partnership with Fullerton Arboretum and Nikkei Heritage Museum, who provided space for the camp and docent-led tours.

For more information, contact Alice Ishigame-Tao at (714) 469-4083 or [email protected]

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