Hundreds have fun in the sun during 2019 Kodomo no Hi

BY STEVEN NELSON

The Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington kicked off another successful Kodomo no Hi event on May 5, 2019. Kodomo no Hi, or “Children’s Day” in Japanese, is a national holiday in Japan. It’s a day where kids and families celebrate by playing fun games and watching performances.

About 1,000 people of all ages and backgrounds came to enjoy various activities, foods, and performance at the event.

JCCCW does Kodomo no Hi with a unique twist and chooses to have a theme every year for the event. This year’s Kodomo no Hi was olympic themed in celebration of Japan hosting the summer olympics in Tokyo in 2020. During the event, participants enjoyed activities such as olympic medal making, chopstick challenges, LaQ building contest, fishing water yo-yo’s, origami paper folding, a scavenger hunt, and more.

Many visitors also enjoyed the remarkable performances this year which included a karate demonstration, taiko drums, kamishibai story telling, and traditional Japanese dances.

If you missed this year’s Kodomo no Hi, don’t worry! JCCCW hosts a Kodomo no Hi event every year with no registration or admission fee required. Keep an eye on our website to find out about next year’s Kodomo no Hi and the other events and opportunities that JCCCW has to offer.

Hope to see you all at next year’s Kodomo no Hi!