Origami is a very popular activity in the Orient.
Origami is the art of paperfolding. Mike S has told me that the swan
is the most popular, followed by the box. You can go to your library
to get books on Origami , I found one about Japan that has a swan
called Library of Nations, Japan/915.2. Just call your library and
give them the no. above, 915.2 and you can find out if they have it
there. Or go to the following web sitesSimple Origami Box
I found a site about Origami, which is the art of
paper folding. Joseph Wu's site can get you started on this ancient
art He has a wealth of information at his site including how to make
paticular types of folds needed for the Cubs to create an Origami
Mike S. is going to approach this theme with this
Chinese children play tops, are
introduced to macrame, and love to watch traveling acrobatic, magic
and puppet shows.
Read a folk tale to the dens; There is a Chinese
Cinderella; (just as most other cultures have this) and a number of
tales that rival Aesop's Fables. I prefer Chinese folk lore, as
their idea of humor and moral concepts are more readily understood
by Westerners than are Japanese tales.
I intend to bring in music from Japan, China, Korea,
and Northern and Southern India to the den meetings, and have some
music playing at the Pack meeting during the gathering timeframe;
(Check local libraries for music)
- East Asians love to sing songs together in public
(witness the Karaoke explosion).; a fun sing along is perfect for
the Pack meeting. The word Karaoke is a combination of the word
Kara-oke meaning empty orchestra.
- I know this should not be the focal point of the
cultures of Asia, but it does support the BSA ideal of building up
the physical and mental abilities of boys. You might invite a local
club/dojo over for a demonstration at the Pack meeting.
I learned a little about the Japanese language.
There are about 50,000 characters, some involving 40 different
brushstrokes. Most of these are rarely used, but a child is still
required to master 1,850 of them.
Mike from Pennsylvania put
these words together for us.
Here are some Asian words and
phrases that the boys can learn to say and even hear through the
magic of the internet. If you have access to the internet and have a
multimedia computer that can play midi files, many of the words and
phrases are in audio form from the site where these were taken. Go
to this site http://www.travlang.com/languages/search.html and
search for the phrases that are identified below. When the search is
complete, there will be tables of the words/phrases in lots of
different languages. The ones that have "hypertext" (blue
lettering with underlines) have audio files connected to them. Click
on the hypertext and you will hear the word/phrase in the selected
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