Teaching Japanese Culture in Harlem
Updated: Sep 16, 2018
NY de Volunteer after a long absence returned to the Jackie Robinson Recreation Center to conduct our Explore Japanese Culture Program. The NYC Dept. of Parks & Recreation Center is located in Harlem at Jackie Robinson Park and has a large pool and brick building with gym and fitness center. It has been a while since we were at Jackie Robinson for our program but it was always fun going there as we still remember the karoake and dance competitions we held there.
It was good to see Lakira Marshall working at the center as the Deputy Manager as we knew her from Alfred E. Smith in the same role. As you can see the children, our staff and their staff, Julia, enjoyed the program. We started with the basics about Japan and taught them numbers in Japanese and played card number games.
Since it was close to Children's Day in Japan, we also made kabuto out of newspaper with the children. For Children's Day families display a real kabuto, which is a helmet worn by the samura, or a replica as a symbol of strength representing the child. Thank you to the kids and Jackie Robinson staff for a fun day!