Our member comes from Cotswold and Bristol. Our bunko has about 50 children with a wide range of age groups from toddlers to 15 year olds. Some of them have triple cultures. Our main activities with all the children are introducing Japanese culture and events and Kamishibai (paper theatre). We also organise age based activities. Some learn Japanese language and study together for GCSE Japanese. We hope that our bunko continues to be a community hub for both children and adults.
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.
Next year (2019) will be our 10th anniversary.
Our bunko is supported and participated by both mums and dads. We introduce to children Japanese traditional games and books. Our children can loan books from our 550 books. Our bunko has a wide range of age groups from under one year old to 10 year olds. Children are divided into three groups, namely Tamago-gumi (from under one year), Hiyoko-gumi (those children who can hold a pencil) and Kotori-gumi (those children who can read hiragana). We try to be specific to the age group when organising games etc.
Our aim is to provide the children the opportunities to use Japanese through play.
We are based in Bath and meet once a month. We hope to provide our children with an opportunity to be exposed to Japanese language and culture by our various activities; traditional seasonal activities and crafts, reading books, finger play songs, “show and tell” and lending books etc.