With the cooperation of Japanese Chamber of Commerce, Japan-America Society of Georgia, and the Japanese Consulate, JapanFest is the largest Japanese culture festival in the southeast and draws crowds nearing 20,000. The two-day festival has a number of vendors, exhibits, activities, and foods that aim to share Japanese culture with the south.
My role as a young college intern was to create the children’s area. Every year JapanFest tries to bring new activities to the table, and I was given the responsibility of coming up with said activities, purchasing the materials to execute them, lay out the space, and coordinate volunteers. New activities I came up with included a game of pan kui kyousou (bread eating race), and painting kabuki masks that children could then wear. Clear instructions for both volunteers and children/parents accompanied each game and activity.
Aside from taking care of the children’s area logistics, I purchased logo T-shirts, drafted and purchased stickers, proofread the master training manual, and mailed out free tickets to schools.