Our activities include storytelling based on the season, reading/writing Japanese characters, reading books, singing songs with hand play, and seasonal craft.
There are 33 ICBunko throughout the UK (as of June 2019). 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.
As we meet every Saturday during the term times, we form a kind of community. Our children are close and all the parents are very supportive and involved in our activities. Our main activities include reading book, crafts and organising seasonal events.
Igirisu Mango Bunko has people living in St Albans and also from other towns.
We enjoy seasonal Japanese songs, reading books, finger play songs, Hiragana-Karuta and seasonal crafts.
Also we organise several seasonal events such as Hina-Matsuri, Summer Matsuri and Sports day to try to offer more opportunities to experience Japanese culture to our children.
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.