We started as a Japanese play group in Norwich. The group is now one of the bunko. Our activities include “radio exercise”, singing seasonal songs, reading books, show & tell, leaning Japanese culture through traditional events and crafts etc. We introduce Japanese calligraphy and tea ceremony. We also teach children the Japanese language. Our outdoor activities include sports day, Japanese children’s games, kite flying etc. Once a year we organise a big event with the help of non-members.
There are 35 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.
We are a fun bunko. The entire membership helps to run the bunko in one way or the other. We held a workshop in November 2017 inviting as a guest Satoshi Kitamura, a picture book writer. We enjoyed Mr Kitamura’s Kamishibai and craft evolved by one of his stories. We had participants from Norwich and Nobinobi Bunko in Swindon. We are hoping to organise a similar event regularly where we can meet other bunko members.
Our activities include storytelling based on the season, reading/writing Japanese characters, reading books, singing songs with hand play, and seasonal craft.