Weekly Camps from July 8 to August 23
for the children born from 2011 to 2016

2019 Summer Camp

The Aozora Summer Camp is a fun-filled program designed to get the best out of the magical warm days of summer. The children enjoy many exciting activities based on different weekly themes. During the summer (July and August), the program is held in Japanese only and many of the themes are specifically chosen to deepend the children’s connection to Japan and Japanese culture.
あおぞらサマーキャンプは、7月と8月の夏休みの間、子どもたちが日本語のシャワーをたっぷりと浴びて、元気いっぱいに夏を楽しむことを目的としたプログラムです。 夏ならではアクティビティを、週ごとのテーマにそって完全に日本語で行います。テーマは全て日本文化に関係する内容ですので、日本に行かずとも、日本のことをたくさん学ぶ事ができます。

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Core Time
(8:30am – 3:30pm):

$485/week

(Lunch is not included)

EXTENDED CARe
(3:30Pm – 6:00pm):

$150/week

$40/day

 

Japanese Folk Tales

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WEEK 1: JULY 8–12

かぐやひめと七夕

PRINCESS KAGUYA AND STAR FESTIVAL
The story of Princess Kaguya is one of the oldest folk tales in the world. Children will experience wearing kimono as Princess Kaguya was known for wearing twelve layers of kimono. We will invite a professional Kimono dressers and they share the history of Kimono with children. Also, children will experience some traditional activities related to Tanabata, Japanese star festival. They write their wishes on the strip of paper and hang them on bamboo branches.

WEEK 2: JULY 15-19

きんたろう

KINTARO
Kintaro story is based on a very strong Japanese samurai. His good friends were creatures of mountains such as rabbits, monkeys and wild boars.  One day, Kintaro was challenged by a big bear and he was so strong that he could beat a bear with sumo wrestling. Children will learn about Kintaro story through sumo experience and some traditional rules and history of Sumo.

WEEK 3: JULY 22-26

いっすんぼうし

ISSUNBOSHI — ONE INCH BOY
Issun Boshi is a story about a tiny but brave boy. Children will have an adventure into the tiny world during the week and discuss what they would like to do if they became tiny. They will also  observe small bugs and creatures with a magnifying glass and explore bug’s life. Children will practice using chopsticks as Issun Boshi used a small bowl and a chopstick as his boat. We will also make some art project such as magic mullet from the story.













 

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WEEK 4: JULY 29-AUGUST 2

おむすびころりん

OMUSUBI KORORIN
This is a story about an old man who dropped his rice ball into a mouse hole. Children will learn about the story through several different activities such as cooking rice balls and making a physical device using marbles, dominos and tubes. They will also have a science experiment on rolling.

WEEK 5: AUGUST 5–AUGUST 9

ももたろう

MOMO TARO — PEACH BOY
This is a story about a boy born from a peach fruit. Children will learn a lot about peach fruit and other fruits with stone. They will also make kibi-dango, Momotaro’s favorite food. Children will have a field trip to community garden to explore the world of plants and have  a lot of food experiment in the week.

WEEK 6: AUGUST 12–16

ようかい

YOKAI WEEK
Yokai are Japanese mythical creatures, and there are many folk tales based on Yokai. Children will learn different Yokai through several different kinds of experience.

WEEK 7: AUGUST 19–23

うらしまたろう

URASHIMA TARO
Children will learn about life in the ocean as Urashimataro goes to the underwater palace (Ryugujo). They will also learn some Japanese traditional music (Japanese flute, koto and taiko) and dance as Urashimataro enjoyed music and dance at Ryugujo. They will also make fishing kits since Urashimataro was a fisherman.

 
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Core Time
(8:30am – 3:30pm):

$495/week

(Lunch is not included)

EXTENDED CARe
(3:30Pm – 6:00pm):

$150/week

$40/day

 

Japanese Folk Tales

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WEEK 1: JULY 8–12

かぐやひめと七夕

PRINCESS KAGUYA AND STAR FESTIVAL
The story of Princess Kaguya is one of the oldest folk tales in the world. Children will experience wearing kimono as Princess Kaguya was known for wearing twelve layers of kimono. We will invite a professional Kimono dressers and they share the history of Kimono with children. Also, children will experience some traditional activities related to Tanabata, Japanese star festival. They write their wishes on the strip of paper and hang them on bamboo branches.

WEEK 2: JULY 15–19

きんたろう

KINTARO
Kintaro story is based on a very strong Japanese samurai. His good friends were creatures of mountains such as rabbits, monkeys and wild boars.  One day, Kintaro was challenged by a big bear and he was so strong that he could beat a bear with sumo wrestling. Children will learn about Kintaro story through sumo experience, some traditional rules and history of Sumo. They also will have some science experiments about comparing weight and strength by using scales and counting cubes.

WEEK 3: JULY 22–26

いっすんぼうし

ISSUN BOSHI — ONE INCH BOY
Issun Boshi is a story about a tiny but brave boy. Children will have an adventure into the tiny world during the week and discuss what they would like to do if they became tiny. They will also observe small bugs and creatures with a magnifying glass.  We are planning to go to the field trip to the children museum to explore neighborhood nature. Children will practice using chopsticks as Issun Boshi used a small bowl and a chopstick as his boat. We will also make some art project such as magic mullet from the story.


WEEK 4: JULY 29–AUGUST 2

おむすびころりん

OMUSUBI KORORIN
This is a story about an old man who dropped his rice ball into a mouse hole. Children will learn about the story through several different activities such as making rice balls and creating a physical device using marbles, dominos and tubes. They will also have a science experiment on rolling. Children will enjoy the introduction of engineering by making prediction, doing trials and reflecting based on results .

 

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WEEK 5: AUGUST 5– 9

ももたろう

PEACH BOY
This is a story about a boy born from a peach fruit. Children will learn a lot about peach fruit and other fruits with seeds by using their five senses. They will also make kibi-dango, Momotaro’s favorite food. Children will have a field trip to botanical garden to explore the world of plants and have  a lot of food experiment in the week.

WEEK 6: AUGUST 12–16

ようかい

YOKAI WEEK
Yokai are Japanese mythical creatures, and there are many folk tales based on Yokai. Youkai stories were initially created during the Edo period, but there are many modern ones created recently for TV shows as well. For example, Totoro is also one of KAWAII(cute) mythical creatures. Children will learn different Yokai through several different kinds of experience. They will create their own Yokai.

WEEK 7: AUGUST 19–23

うらしまたろう

URASHIMA TARO
Children will learn about life in the ocean as Urashimataro goes to the underwater palace (Ryugujo). They will also learn some Japanese traditional music (Japanese flute, koto and taiko) and dance as Urashimataro enjoyed music and dance at Ryugujo. They will also make fishing kits since Urashimataro was a fisherman. Also children will learn about past, present, and future and create a own portrait of the future old since Urashimataro turned to be xxx years old after he opened his treasure chest(TAMATEBAKO) We will try to integrate technologies into the classroom for this theme.

 
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Core Time
(8:30am – 3:30pm):

$525/week

(Lunch is not included)

EXTENDED CARe
(3:30Pm – 6:00pm):

$150/week

$40/day

 

Japanese Arts

The theme for Kabutomushi Class is JAPANESE ARTS and each week, we feature different genres of Japanese Art; Visual Arts, Clothing & Textile, Performing Arts, and Music. We will take field trips and invite guest artists to learn more about the arts. The field trip fee is included in the tuition.

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WEEK 4: 7/29 – 8/2

日本の美術

Japanese Visual Arts
On Week 4, we will learn about the Japanese Visual Arts such as Ukiyoe, Sumie, Hanga, Calligraphy and more. We will also look at the painting ink and paper that are unique to Japanese visual arts and compared to the other types paintings from Europe.

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WEEK 5: 8/5 – 8/9  

日本のファッション

Japanese Clothing and Textile
On Week 5, we will peek into the world of Japanese Traditional Clothing - Kimono, Hakama, Yukata and Jinbei as well as the textiles, stitching, and dyes that are original to our culture like Sashiko, Shibori, and so on.

 

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WEEK 6: 8/12 – 8/16  

日本の「道」

Japanese “Do - The Way”
On Week 6, we will study the history and philosophy of “Do” in  Budo, Kendo, Judo, Sado and Kado. We are planning on inviting guest martial artists, and also taking a trip to the Zen Center.

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WEEK 7: 8/19 – 8/23

日本の音楽

Japanese Music
On Week 7, we will explore many different Japanese Music and Performing Arts like Kabuki, Noh, and Gagaku, along with the instruments that are unique to the Japanese Music.

At the end of the week, there will be Summer Festival with Japanese music and Bon Odori - summer time dance.

 
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