Children’s Day Crafts at Te Papa

Our volunteers show of their koinobori.

Our volunteers show of their koinobori.

On the 7th of May, a dozen JETAA Wellington members (and one awesome new pre-departure JET-to-be!) came out to Te Papa and volunteered their Sunday¬†to celebrate Children’s Day with the local community. Over 150 guests came to color and make paper koinobori flags that they could take home as a little piece of Japanese culture.

Members had the chance to talk about their experiences in Japan and the meaning behind the carp banners, as well as flex some of their old teacher muscles! The kids and parents had a great time coloring all kinds of designs, and when they needed some help cutting or gluing, JETAA members were there to assist!

This annual event is a great example of a way JETAA Wellington not only stays connected to our shared experience in Japan, but helps to bring that back to Wellington in a fun way. Our sincere thanks go to everyone who volunteered, the families who came out, and the marvelously supportive Te Papa staff who helped us set up, and colored a few fish of their own!

Afterward, a few members had a relaxing late lunch at Rogue & Vagabond. Otsukare!

If you have any suggestions for future events or casual get-togethers, drop us a line via email or the Contact Us form on the home page