Japan Day

Posted by on March 29, 2018 in Events, News | 0 comments

Japan Day

Wow what a fantastic time we had for Japan Day!







On Tuesday 10th April we hosted the latest of our family friendly events during the Easter half term.

We welcomed a staggering 400 visitors into the Museum throughout the day. With a wide range of ages enjoying the activities.

Thank you to everyone who came and enjoyed the day with us.

Volunteer Intern Zara ready to teach Japanese

It takes a lot of planning over a few months to put together one of our family friendly events and Japan Day was no different.

The Museums Learning Officer Melanie & 2 volunteer interns Zara & Tia had lots of volunteers to help plan & run the day.  Without the continued support from our volunteer teams we wouldn’t be able to put on days like this so a huge thank you goes to all the Museums volunteers.

Museum Volunteer Penny dressed for the occasion.

We had lots of activities happening throughout the Museum such as:

  • Japanese Flute demonstration, have a look at our Facebook page to see a short video of the demo
  • Japanese flower arranging
  • Origami
  • Karate demonstration
  • Have a go at Japanese Calligraphy
  • Make a Japanese Samurai Helmet, a Paper Fish, a Japanese Scroll
  • Try Japanese Braiding
  • Try on traditional Japanese Clothing
  • Learn to speak Japanese
  • Handle Japanese objects
  • Try Japanese Toys
  • Find out about Manga & Anime
  • And do our Japanese themed gallery trail, which is still available to do in the Museum.


Caleb White & Benedict Hutchinson from King Alfred’s Academy demonstrating Karate


The Museum Cafe was extremely busy throughout the day, our cafe staff all worked very hard with them working through their breaks to unsure visitors were served as soon as possible. Their hard work helped the day to run smoothly and we are truly thankful to them all.


Learning Officer Melanie giving an interview to That’s Oxfordshire TV

Did you catch the Museums Learning Officer Melanie & volunteer interns Zara & Tia on That’s Oxfordshire TV talking about all the activities? We would love to hear from you if you did.


Below are more pictures from the day;

If you came to Japan Day and took any pictures you would like to share with us send us an email vdmtourism@gmail.com

Click on pictures to enlarge

Japanese Handling Objects

Volunteer teaching origami

Origami Cranes



Children looking at Japanese books

Volunteer Sem helping children with Japanese Caligraphy

Caleb & Benedict ready to demonstrate their karate moves


Two youngsters trying Japanese braiding























Collage of Photos

Collage of Photos








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