Skosh (a little) Japanese:

Children’s Festival and Cultural Fair, May 11

            Mt. Hood Community College’s (MHCC) Japanese Club and Ebetsu Gresham Sister City Association present the largest Japanese cultural event in the Gresham area, May 11, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at 26000 S.E. Stark Street. The event is free and open to the public.

            Skosh (a little) Japanese: Children’s Festival and Cultural Fair” will feature demonstrations, displays and performances, all designed to bring a sample of Japanese culture to the community.

            Performances will include Portland Taiko – drumming; Mitsuki Dazai – koto, the national instrument of Japan; Matt Shores – rakugo, comic storytelling and more!

Demonstrations will include a tea ceremony, haiku, calligraphy, ikebana (flower arranging), sushi, Go (board game), Hanafuda (card game), a presentation by bestselling author Kristina McMorris and a discussion about the history of internment camps.

            Displays will be staged around campus and will include three-dimensional origami, bonsai, pottery, handmade paper, hariko dolls (washi paper maché) and kokeshi dolls (cylinder sculpture).

            Activities for children will include kamishibai (paper theater), origami crafts, face painting, balloon arts and more, celebrating kodomo-no-hi (children’s day) in Japan on May 5. A youth taiko drumming group from En Taiko will give a short, child-friendly performance in the College Theatre in the early afternoon.

            Join us as we share with you a “Skosh” Japanese. Or, even better — volunteer and be part of the excitement. If interested in volunteering, please email: SkoshJapaneseFestival@gmail.com.