There are 36 ICBunko throughout the UK. These are attended by about 550 children aged from around 2 to 9 years old. Each ICBunko is organised by the parents of the children. ICBA UK supports them with supplies of books, information and regular meetings. This is the list of all the ICBunko currently in the UK. Please email us if you would like more information.

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Kabutomushi Liverpool, Merseyside Kabutomushi

We welcome Japanese families, students and other volunteers who live in the Liverpool area.

Sakuranbo Tunbridge Wells, Kent Sakuranbo

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Temari Highbury, London Temari

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Tottenham Tottenham, London Tottenham

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Nelson Norwich, Norfolk Nelson

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Kurukuru Derby Derby, Derbyshire Kurukuru Derby

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Bath Hidamari Bath, Somerset Bath Hidamari

Akebono Chandler's ford, Hampshire Akebono

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Shirasu Cambridge, Cambridgeshire Shirasu

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Takenoko Junior Brixton, London Takenoko Junior

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Hifumiyo Nottingham, Nottinghamshire Hifumiyo

Children aged 0 – 6 and their mothers (and sometimes fathers) have a 2 hour long session once a month using a conference room which is available to locals free of charge. Since the room is quite spacious, we’re able to do physical activities such as Radio Taiso (Radio calisthenics), Bon Odori (Bon Festival dance) and a children’s mini play.

The portion of the tasks carried by the members has increased over last half a year; previously all the activities had been carried by committee members. Now the members do 25 minutes seasonal activities during the session every second month, taking turns with the committee members who do the same in the other months. Also, parents read the picture books in front of the children in turn every month. They also choose which book to read. A kamishibai (picture-story) show is performed by committee members.  We feel that the more members carry out the tasks, the more proactive stance that is taken by them at each session.

Reading picture books, performing kamishibai (picture-story show), singing children’s songs, Japanese traditional/seasonal activities, studying Hiragana and Katakana. The level of children’s Japanese varies, but the children who weren’t able to follow the stories at first start to enjoy the stories gradually by coming to Hifumiyo Bunko regularly – which makes us really happy.

Kasasagi Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne and Wear Kasasagi

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Manazashi Bedfordshire Manazashi

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Iroha-kids Kensington, London Iroha-kids

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Kishapoppo Bedfordshire Kishapoppo

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Koguma Cotswolds Koguma

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Kazenoko Reading, Berkshire Kazenoko

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Aozora Hertford Aozora

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Zou-san Chelmsford, Essex Zou-san

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Hikari Ealing, London Hikari

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Suginoko Wimbledon, London Suginoko

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Fukurou Woking, Surrey Fukurou

Fukurou Bunko in Woking succeeded Kozaru Bunko in Camberly in May, 2014. Fukurou is divided into two groups; a group up until 3 years old, and another above 4 years old. We are in the early stages and are exploring the optimum set up for venue, frequency, and group dynamics. We are also considering joint events with the two groups.

Chibikko Bromley, London Chibikko

We have over 600 quality story books collected through the activity over 20 years. In addition to leasing those books for the children, they are used for a book club for parents that is organised every month.

Higashinomori Wanstead, London Higashinomori

For Children with Japanese background living in East London, we provide opportunities to experience Japanese culture and tradition through fun-filled activities in a safe and comfortable environment.

Donguri Finchley, London Donguri

Donguri Bunko is the largest Japanese children’s books library in London established in 1984. We have a library of more than 800 books. Donguri Bunko is run by it’s members.

Korisu Hampton, London Korisu

Korisu-bunko is opened in 1983 and the oldest one among the Japanese Bunko. We do various activities that encourage children to be interested in Japanese culture.

Kamome Brighton, Sussex Kamome

Kamome bunko comprises of children of a rage of age groups, from 3 years to teenagers, gather together like a big family. Once a year we organise an Open Day to introduce Japanese culture to the local community as well as to show off the outcome of our activities. This has been very successful with more and more people visiting every year.

Nobinobi Swindon, Wiltshire Nobinobi

Our objective is to provide a place and opportunities where children and parents can use Japanese through having fun and playing together. Children aged 0 to 11 years old are divided into three groups depending on their development: Tamago (egg) group (age 0~), Hiyoko (chick) group (able to hold a pencil), and Kotori (small bird) group (able to read hiragana). Over 400 Japanese children’s books are available for loan to the members.
Please visit our website.

Sukusuku Reading, Berkshire Sukusuku

Our aim is to provide the children the opportunities to use Japanese through play.

Komadori Acton, London Komadori

Craft activities from last year
• Small Osechi (festival food for the year). – We explained the Osechi in detail. After that ,children made the Osechi by using the colourful paper and various materials. Their Osechi were very gorgeous and looked so delicious.
• A musical instrument – After making instruments, they used them to play music.
• Otedama – They brought their favourite cloth with them and stuff aduki beans into the bag which they sew
• Ohinasama – They rinsed out the contents of eggs by hole at the bottom. Then they decorated them like a Japanese doll.
• Kashiwa-mochi (oak-leaf-wrapped mochi)
• Chimaki (a rice dumpling wrapped in bamboo leaf)
• Nagashi-somen (fine white noodles served flowing in a small flume)
In early summer, they cut nine plastic bottles in half and connected them together into one. It’s length was 2.5m! It was used as a flume. Mothers helped to let the water and noodles run from top of the flume to the bottom. Children caught noodles using chopsticks which they made by themselves.
• Sushi-Roll – Mothers’ faces appeared on the surface of each piece when they sliced them into small pieces.
• Cookie – Children studied about the prefectures of Japan and made some biscuits(cookies) in these shapes.

Sometimes, children studied a task which their mothers decided. All children presented their work in front of other members. First time, they were nervous. But gradually, they gained confidence. I think children grow in confidence as they learn to listen to what other people say. I believe that they will get benefits from these sessions such as understanding how other people feel. And they will be able to choose what is the right attitude such as being to kind to others etc.

Everyone gained a lot of experience through the bunko.
Eating dinner with other members is great fun!

We have a parents meeting once a month to decide the agenda for the next bunko and to discuss the materials required for handmade products so as not to waste time on the bunko day.

Mamenoki Walthamstow, London Mamenoki

The Bunko is located in North East London. Because of the area all kids are mixed race.

Kirakira Croydon, London Kirakira

Kirakira Bunko is a historic Book Club for Japanese children, started in 1987. We have 24 children now and more than half of them are over 6 years old, so they take part in activities with an excellent understanding and concentration. Kirakira Bunko is like a small Japan where children can appreciate the Japanese side of their identity without any stress or pressure. Even for mothers, it is a precious place where they can meet new friends.

Mitsubachi North Finchley, London N12 Mitsubachi

We aim to let our children experience Japanese traditional events. Some of the activities we do every year are craft work for Tanabata Festival, making rice cakes to celebrate the Autumn full moon, sports day, Japanese karuta playing cards, craft work for Girls’/Boys’ Festival.

Find us on Facebook and see our activities. @mitsubachibunko

Kirin-san Birmingham, West Midlands Kirin-san

Kirin-san bunko is part of a wider volunteer group promoting Japanese language and cultures to children up to primary school level and books are exchanged on the first Saturday of the month.
Toddler and pre-school groups also use the ‘kamishibai’ service and read them to children on a regular basis.

Igirisu Mango St. Albans Igirisu Mango

Exercising to the radio
Introducing today’s picture book
Reading the book
Snacks and play time
Sing a traditional song and a good bye song

Our website

Akairisu Glasgow, Scotland Akairisu

Our bunko is a home based bunko so all our activities (reading books, kamishibai, seasonal activities) are done in a relaxed atmosphere.