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    Japanese fun day becomes fund-raiser In Petersfield,Hampshire 2nd April 2011

    For anyone interested in Japanese culture and who would might want to help the people of Japan at this amazingly sad and worrying time.

    A popular Japanese activity day, planned for 2nd April by the local “Kowasabi” group, will still go ahead despite the awful news of the earthquake and Tsunami that hit Japan last week. The Japan Society will help on the day by running a dedicated donation table, 100% of which will go to the British Red Cross to help their country recover from the aftermath of the disaster.
    This is the second year that the “Kowasabi” activity day is being held, from 2.00pm until 5.00pm on Saturday, 2nd April at Petersfield Community Centre, Love Lane.
    Adults and children alike will be encouraged to try hands-on activities such as the delicate art of calligraphy, under the careful tuition of their Japanese hosts. You can have a go at origami and dress up in authentic Japanese kimono (bring a camera to capture the moment).
    Visitors can take part in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony. Hand-made Sushi, tea and Japanese sweet treats will be available to buy. There will be a shop selling genuine second-hand Japanese language books, comics and all sorts of other things. A percentage of all purchases will be added to the main donation box for Japan.
    “Kowasabi” is a kiddies’ Japanese study group, run by Japanese parents married to British partners, as a means of handing on their language and culture to their children. It started in South Harting 13 years ago and moved to Petersfield in 2010. “Kowasabi” was chosen as a name because it is a play on the word “wabi-sabi”, a Japanese phrase about the country’s culture of beauty and simplicity, with Ko referring to little children. www.kowasabi.com.

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