Japanese Arts Fiesta 2017
On the 14th of October 2017, Dunman High’s Yutaka Japanese Cultural Club (YJCC) held its biennial Japanese Arts Fiesta (JAF). Opening up the event to the public, there was a variety of activities available to entertain visitors and students alike, such as game booths, a treasure hunt and a haunted house. There was also a cosplay cafe set up, serving mouthwatering delights to visitors who wished to rest after a fun-filled, yet tiring round of games.
For the booths set up in front of the auditorium, the array of activities introduced were a balance of both Japanese-themed games and conventional carnival treats. Working together with volunteers, YJCC members offered lessons on Origami (the Japanese art of folding paper into shapes and figures), an improvised Karuta card game to test the limits of one’s memory, and Yoyo-Tsuri, a Japanese festival must-have where participants attempt to fish for semi-filled water balloons. Two other interesting games on exhibition were “Gun Master” and “Looper”, traditional and simple-to-play games to bring out the child in everyone.
To better acquaint visitors with the Dunman High school compound, a treasure hunt was organised, requiring them to take pictures with symbols pasted throughout the area (nearer to the font of the school), which they could then post on Instagram with the hashtag #DHSJAF2017.
Stamps earned through the treasure hunt and the game booth activities allowed visitors into the popular Cosplay Cafe, where delectable meals and snacks, ranging from sushi to curry rice, were served by volunteers and YJCC members dressed in fanciful cosplay outfits. Light music and anime posters put up around the cafe created a bright, cheerful ambience for visitors to enjoy their food in. Thankfully, there was more than enough food to go around, and patrons left the cafe feeling full and content.
In view of the upcoming Halloween festival, YJCC turned two entire classrooms into a Haunted House, complete with well-thought-out traps and jump-scares strategically placed all around to give participants a good fright. For good measure, bone-chilling accompanying music was played in the background as the finishing touch. As YJCC members and volunteers who were involved in the setting up of the Haunted House had noticed, the majority of responses inside the Haunted House (inclusive of screaming and mad scrambling) indicated that this was truly successful as one of the star-attractions of JAF.
The event ended on a high note with the closing ceremony, which featured an exciting range of performances. YJCC’s Entertainment Branch started the concert with a bang by bringing the audience an extraordinary glow-in-the-dark Japanese light stick dance, known as Wotagei. Besides singing and dancing segments, there were also special appearances by Guzheng CCA members and YJCC seniors, delighting the crowd with their amazing performances.
JAF 2017 was a tremendously enjoyable experience for all, participants and organisers alike. The Dunman High YJCC will continue to do its best to share more of the fascinating and rich Japanese culture with others.