JAs Learn About Japanese Food

The Hawaii delegates and JASH staff get ready for their scavenger hunt at Shirokiya

The Hawaii delegates and JASH staff get ready for their scavenger hunt at Shirokiya

On Saturday, June 25, for their fifth workshop to prepare for the Asian-Pacific Children’s Convention, the six Junior Ambassadors were joined by Peace Ambassador Kara Tsuzaki, Bridge Club Hawaii founder Colby Takeda, chaperones Daniel Hwang and Cheryl Parker, and JASH staff for a special workshop on “Tasting Japanese Food.” The JAs were divided into three groups and went on a scavenger hunt throughout Shirokiya at Ala Moana Shopping Center. Each group was in charge of purchasing designated Japanese food from Shirokiya: chicken karaage, taiyaki, and takoyaki. They also had to explore and discover other traditional Japanese foods such as hijiki, natto, and oden. After returning to the JASH office, each group shared their findings with the other groups. In addition to sampling the Japanese food, the JAs learned that they should always be honest with their host families regarding foods they like or dislike. Not being honest may encourage the host family to serve them a food item that they’d rather not eat on a daily basis. This activity was an excellent way for the Hawaii delegates to learn about some of the food they may be given in Japan.