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October 10, 2015 / Mika Riedel

Creating artwork rather than looking at it? This is Nijiiro Art Exhibition!

Hi! I’m Pi-kokku!

Today, I’m going to talk about the Nijiiro Art Exhibition that took place from 3rd to 6th September. As many as 114 people came to the art show in these 3 days! (Applause!)

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A lot of people participated in this event. The students of Gokokkan art classes and their families, the teachers and pupils of the international school, Pinocchio, and the children, adults and volunteers, who have been coming to Nijiiro Crayon’s activities, all attended. Thanks for coming, everyone!

Some children seemed quite shy but were still very proud of themselves. “This is my art work!” they said, as they explained their work to their families. The families were all impressed – “Wow! It’s amazing!” The children were happy to hear complements like this from their families and from others too.

We had other small workshops as well, like sketching, making tents, and Origami. Many of the children really enjoyed making these things, saying “I want to do that again!” and “I don’t want to go home yet!”. Some of the adults were also interested in those things they don’t usually have an opportunity to try. “It’s been a while since I tried these things, it’s really fun!”, some of them said and “it’s interesting to see how my work turns out!” It’s really fun to make things! The kids and adults all focused on the activities and enjoyed them a lot.

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Some people from Lion’s Club, which regularly offers us donations, also came and gave us some snacks. We gave those snacks to everyone who participated in the workshop.

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There were smiles all round when we gave out the snacks. Some of the students’ grandparents also came. It is great for kids to have the opportunity to have their artwork seen by a lot of people. The art show reminded me that it’s wonderful to have so many adults who are interested in the children and come to see the show. We would like to keep up this good relationship and continue our activities in the future. We are going to have another art event in October, so please do come and see when you have time!

Written by Nijiiro Crayons on 9/10/2015.

Translated by Mika Riedel and Matthew Jellicoe.

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