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.
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.
We hope that children learn and understand Japanese culture and become interested in Japanese language by listening to stories and participating in traditional events. We also encourage children to speak to parents or other adults as well as socialise amongst the children and hope that they learn to respect each other and be polite and learn to take the initiative.
We started as a Woking based bunko, but our members now come from Guildford and south of Surrey. Apart from our usual seasonal activities, we organise special events such as sports day, somen nagashi ((noodle cascade through bamboo) and summer festival etc. through which we aim to create opportunities for the children in the area to get to know one another.
We aim to form a kind of “children’s meeting place” where new friends are always welcome and children who have grown out of the bunko feel welcomed and join the group whenever they can.