The Itochu Memorial Foundation Kodomo Bunko Promotion 2018 award ceremony was held on 1st March 2019.
This year 78 bunko/organisations out of 138 applications were granted the awards. 12 overseas applications were made and 9 were granted the awards. From ICBA, two bunko from the UK made applications. Nelson Bunko was awarded Y300,000 for the category “promoting/assisting the purchase of books for children” and Kabutomushi Bunko was awarded for the category “one hundred children’s books”.
Three individuals were given an award for distinguished service, specifically running and promoting children’s bunko activities over a long time (over 20 years). Ms Akie Maruyama of ICBA Tokyo Head Office was given an award for promoting International Bunko.
On 24 November 2017, the ceremony for the bestowal of the Ambassador’s Commendation to Ms. Yoko Morishima, ICBA UK Branch Manager, was held at The Embassy of Japan. Her long term contribution to the Japanese community in London was highly appraised.
We are so delighted and proud that her 40 year volunteer work, devoted to Double Children was appreciated.
We are based in Merseyside and Chester area. We meet every week at one of our member’s house. Our bunko has 13 children (7 families). The main activities include crafts, reading books, singing songs and Kamishibai. Our aim is to create a fun environment for using Japanese language, so that using Japanese becomes a part of children’s everyday life.
main activities include reading picture books, showing Kamishibai and
introducing traditional and seasonal events and their associated games, through
which we hope children get familiar with the Japanese language. We aim to create a fun place for our