Do you have a particular anime that you can’t keep to yourself? Looking to hang out with other teens that love Japanese culture and want to learn more? Then come by the Studio!
Blog post by Amina D., Studio Intern
Japan Day is a monthly event put on by the Arlington Public Library to celebrate all things related to Japanese culture. Whether it’s doing origami, learning hiragana, making kokeshi dolls (more on that in a bit) or just having fun watching some anime, the goal of Japan Day is to have a day where teens get to learn a little bit about the Japanese culture and just have a space where they can be themselves!
In February, we learned about kokeshi dolls. Kokeshi dolls are basically a traditional Japanese toy that was bought as a souvenir after a visit to a hot springs, or onsen, as it’s known in Japan. For February, the teens got a bit crafty and we created our own take of the kokeshi doll!
What’s February without Valentine’s Day? Guess who’s stressing about buying the chocolate and making the dinner arrangements? It’s the ladies! As a young girl or working woman, not only do you have to worry about what you’re gonna buy for your sweetheart, but (though it’s becoming less common), you have to buy some sweet treats for your male coworker, boss, teacher, or classmate. Did I blow your mind? Read up more on Valentine’s Day in Japan and the day where the fellas that received chocolate have to show how much they appreciated the gift here.
Are you interested in what’s coming up for this month’s Japan Day? Well, here’s a hint… Did I mention every Japan Day we hold an awesome giveaway of anime-related stuff and Japanese snacks?! Join us!
*The next Japan Day will be March 29, from 2:30-5:30pm at the Teen Studio in the George W. Hawkes Central Library basement floor. Hope to see you there!
This high-energy interactive series will bring out the poet and performer in you. You will learn the basics in poetry writing and techniques of SLAM. Each week you will participate in various exercises and games that will:
spark your creativity,
ignite your writing,
and energize your performance technique.
These workshops are for junior high students in grades 7 and 8 or teens age 12 to 14. If you wish to register more than one teen, be sure to include the first and last name of each additional person in the comments field of the registration form below. By registering for this workshop, you agree to attend all six of the following Tuesday sessions:
Tuesday, March 18, 2014, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 3, 2014, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24, 2014, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.