Japanese Craft [工芸] & Spinning Tops

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2020 Summer Program

Japan values mastery - the virtuosity of well practiced hands. Encounter customs and craft that preserve this tradition.

Begin each day with Radio Calisthenics [ラジオ体操] - quiet stretching to focus your mind and body. Construct and learn a spinning top each day (Japan has more than 300 top types.) Sample the caligraphy, paper folding, and balancing arts that help refine skillful hands.

Share play with each other, and children in Japan, 6,700 miles away.

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