So Far from the Bamboo Grove Fun Activities

Yoko Kawashima Watkins
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Traditional Japanese Dance

Learn a traditional Japanese dance like the one Yoko performed at the hospital.

Kimono Decoration

Research the traditional designs used to decorate kimonos. Create your own using an old robe, sheet or shirt.

Tea Ceremony

Hold a traditional Japanese tea ceremony in your classroom. Most commonly used is green tea.

Creative Writing

Based on the title of Yoko's essay, "Understanding," write your own essay or short story about the importance of understanding.

Japanese Meal

Organize a traditional Japanese meal for lunch. Ask for volunteers to bring in pot luck dishes. Invite a local sushi chef to demonstrate for the class.

Shrine Creation

Create a shrine to a deceased loved on like Yoko and Ko did.


Learn about the traditional Japanese Haiku, a poem that consists of only 17 syllables. Haikus have only three lines. The first line has five syllables, the second line has seven...

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