2015年七夕会リポート/2015 Tanabata-kai report

会場のオーナーが代わるため、この素敵なJacaranda Treeの空間で行われる七夕会は今年で最後となりました。第4回七夕会も40人の子ども達とその家族で賑わいました。美しい七夕を一緒に楽しく過ごせたのもご来場の皆様、コラボレーターのFlatto81、Yumikaさん、Wonder-kids、スナさんのおかげです。そしてオリジナルな商品、日本の食品を販売してくれたRoppongiYukinohana福島の子ども達の声をオランダの子ども達に届ける会Hanato Moritoの皆さん、本当にありがとうございました!この楽しく美しい日本の文化とそのクリエイティブなアプローチの提供を続けたいと思いますので、もし七夕会が続けられるチャンスがありましたらお教えください。ではフォトギャラリーで七夕会場をご案内します。FBFlatto81のサイトでも七夕会の写真をご覧いただけます。

It was the last Tanabata-kai at the most beautiful space in Amsterdam “Jacaranda Tree” because the Jacaranda Tree is moving to a new space. The 4th and last edition of Tanabata-kai @ Jacaranda Tree was crowded with 40 children and their parents. We had a great time again this year thanks to all the participants and their parents, Flatto81, Yumika, Wonder-kids and Soona. Thank also to Roppongi, Yukinohana, Fukushima’s Voice and Hanato Morito for collaborating with us. We hope to continue this beautiful Japanese tradition and our creative approaches in the Netherlands. If you know any opportunities we could do this again, please let us know. Here with the pictures below I want to show you around the festival. You can also see more images at FB and a site of Flatto81.

Images by Masaya, Emi, Yuko and Soona
Music by Kumiko

Preparing for the Tanabata-kai

今年はフォトブースもあります!We are setting a photo booth this year!


何でも七夕会の工作に使えます/Anything can be used for the craft at Tanabata-kai


抽象的な形の飾りを使います/I prepared abstract forms for decorating Orihime hair


Tanabatakai “Star Festival” 2015


It’s time for Tanabata,“Star Festival” again.
This will be our fourth annual Tanabata. Every year our Tanabata collaborators bring great new ideas to the festival to make it even more fun. We have new collaborators again this year. Come and join our creative Japanese festival in Amsterdam!

Date: 28TH June 2015
Location: Jacaranda Tree Montessori in Amsterdam
Time: 14:30 – 16:30
Fee: 15 euro per child *Second child under 2 is free
For children ages 2+ accompanied by adults

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The Tanabata story
July 7th is Tanabata. According to the Chinese legend the two stars, Altair (Hikoboshi) and Vega (Orihime), were separated by the Milky Way but once a year they would reunite on July 7th. Festivals are held in many places in Japan in July and August to celebrate the annual meeting of the two stars. People typically write their wishes on small strips of paper and hang them from bamboo branches.

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*Orihime headbands by KyokoKinderKunstKlas
*Hikoboshi’s magic stick by KyokoKinderKunstKlas
*Tanabata ornaments by Flatto81
*Summer Constellations by Flatto81
*Orihime robe and Hikoboshi sash by Yumika
*Fishing for goldfish and dinosaurs
*A short play of the Tanabata story (in Japanese and Dutch) by Wonder Kids

*Japanese snacks, gifts and other cool stuff from Roppongi
*Cold barley tea from Fukushima’s Voice
*Animal Hiragana Poster by Hanato Morito

You will go home with your own Orihime or Hikoboshi costume and goldfish / dinasaurs!
Don’t forget to wear your Yukata or costumes if you have them.

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To join Tanabata-kai, please fill in and submit your info on this page.
Save your entry number and pay CASH on the day at the entrance. Space is limited so first come, first serve.

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Kyoko Kinder Kunst Klas: www.kyokokinderkunstklas.wordpress.com
Kyoko runs workshops/playgroup for children and parents in Amsterdam. Her craft themes are a unique mix of new and traditional Japanese culture.

Flatto81: www.flatto81.com
Flatto81 is a sustainable design project with an aim to experiment and share others simple alternatives through design focusing on material, form, and color.

Wonder Kids: www.wonder-kids.nl
Wonder Kids supports children with reading and writing Japanese in Amstelveen

Yumika Takeda: is a mode designer who is active in events, such as “Kids against War”, which support children’s creativity.

Roppongi: www.roppongi.nl
Roppongi offers cool Japanese gifts and other fun items. They run a webshop and sell at conventions and festivals.

Bring the voice of Fukushima to the Netherlands Project & Yukinohana
www.facebook.com/fukushima.hollandkids | www.yukinohana.nl
Their mission is inviting children from Fukushima to the Netherlands | Tohoku-Handmade products sales to give continuous support from Europe to the survivors.

Hanato Morito: www.hanato-morito.com
Hanato morito is a creative illustration project to inspire children and parents by Fumi Morimoto and Soonhwa Kang

*Please note that Kyoko Inatome and Jacaranda Tree Montessori cannot be held responsible for accidents or injury during the festival.



親子で一緒に浴衣や甚平を着て、 七夕の日をクリエイティブに楽しく過ごしませんか?

主催:Kyoko Kinder Kunst Klas
日時:6月28日 14:30 – 16:30


会場:Jacaranda Tree Montessori
住所:Derde Schinkelstraat 33 – Atelier
1075 TK Amsterdam

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参加ご希望の方は、このサイトのTo Register Workshopでお申し込みください。(参加人数をお忘れずに)

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★織り姫のカチューシャ by KyokoKinderKunstKlas
★彦星の魔法の杖 by KyokoKinderKunstKlas
★夏の夜の星座 by Flatto81
★七夕かざり by Flatto81
★織姫の羽衣と彦星のベルト by Yumika
★ おもちゃの金魚と恐竜すくい
★七夕の寸劇 by Wonder-Kids

★カルピス、ラムネや日本雑貨の販売 by Roppongi
★麦茶 by 福島の子ども達の声をオランダの子ども達に届ける会
★どうぶつひらがなポスタ− by Hanato Morito



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Kyoko Kinder Kunst Klas: www.kyokokinderkunstklas.wordpress.com

Flatto81: www.flatto81.com

Wonder Kids: www.wonder-kids.nl

Yumika Takeda: “Kids against War” のような子ども達の創造性をサポートするイベントでも活躍のファッションデザイナー

Roppongi: www.roppongi.nl

福島の子ども達の声をオランダの子ども達に届ける会 +Yukinohana
www.facebook.com/fukushima.hollandkids | www.yukinohana.nl
福島とオランダの子ども達の交流プロジェクト| 被災地からの手作り雑貨販売


Report Tanabata-kai 2014

The 3rd edition of Tanabata-kai was successful thanks to Flatto 81, Wander Kids, Roppongi, Stichting Yukinohana and specially the help of Soonhwa. We also had fun thanks to 40 young participants, their smiles and curiosity. Thanks also the parents who made effort to put Yukata on your child and come all the way here. I hope everyone had a good time there. This beautiful Japanese culture united us in the Jacaranda Tree, Amsterdam.

第3回七夕会はFlatto 81、ワンダーキッズ、Roppongi、Yukinohana、そして特にスナさんの協力のお陰で成功に終わりました。私たちのほうも40人の小さな子ども達と彼らの笑顔、好奇心を楽しませてもらいました。そして保護者の方々、子ども達に浴衣を着せて遠方まで来ていただきありがとうございました。皆さんが楽しいひと時をすごして頂けたのなら幸いです。この美しい日本の文化がアムステルダムのJacaranda Treeの空間の中で、皆の心を一つにしたと感じたうれしい日でした。

Here with the pictures below I want to show you around the festival. では写真ギャラリーで七夕会会場をご案内します。

Special thanks:  Emi Tsutsushiro and Takayuki Yoshimatsu for your pictures!

posts about Tanabata-kai


Most cheapest and effective way of making your own streamers is this. Toilet paper dipped in red cabbage soup!


I’m sure everyone is enjoying sun and water this weekend! I’m staying home alone preparing for the festival but I’m having fun with my own ocean waves! Kids can make this at the festival too!


Do you know where you can find twigs in summer?….Vondelpark! There are fences built by piles of twinges in a playground in the park. A great place to build a secret hut too. These twigs are perfect for the magic wands for the Tanabata-kai.
夏に小枝がある場所をご存知ですか?アムステルダムのVondelparkがベストです!垣根が積み上げられた小枝でできている公園が Vondelpark内にあります(丸いスイミングプールがある公園です)秘密の基地を作るのにももってこいの場所です。七夕会で使う小枝はそこでもらっ てきました。

Tanabata-kai “Star Festival” 2014


It’s fully booked!!! Sorry!!!

Kyoko Kinder Kunst Klas presents

Tanabata-kai “Star festival”

PDF version here

Date: 29th June 2014

Time: 14.30 – 16.30

Place: Jacaranda Tree Montessori

For children ages 2+ accompanied by adults

€15 per child  *Second child under 2 is free

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Tanabata-kai “The Star Festival” 2013

We had a great time with 35 children and their parents in a hot summer Tanabata day.

Tanabata, or the Star Festival, is held on the evening of July 7. The festival traces its origins to a legend that the Cowherd Star (Altair) and Weaver Star (Vega), lovers separated by the Milky Way, are allowed to meet just once a year – on the seventh day of the seventh month. Children and adults write their wishes on narrow strips of colored paper and hang them, along with other paper ornaments, from bamboo branches then pray that their wishes will come true.

Our Tanabata was planned by Kyoko and Soonhwa to be traditional, new and artistic. We focused on young children 2+ to be able to craft by themselves. Flatto81 and Chika Ito‘s handmade eco inks added a beauty of nature to the festival. Fumiko Ito’s photo booth intrigued children’s curiosity for light and shadow. Roppongi made a nice selection of Japanese snacks and small gifts for us.

Here are some pictures. Thanks to all the Tanabata ladies and also to Simone from Jacaranda Tree Montessori for her support and beautiful space. You can also see some other pictures on Tanabata-kai Amsterdam Facebook page.

Photography © Fumiko, Henry, Naomi, Emi and Soonhwa

All images in this blog entry have been published with the explicit permission of the parents of the depicted children. Images may not be used without permission. If you would like to link the images on blogs, articles, etc, please contact Kyoko

Tanabata-kai Sunday 7 July 2013!

Kyoko KinderKunstKlas presents in collaboration with Flatto81


Sunday 7 July 14:30~16:30
Jacaranda Tree Montessori
For children ages 2+ accompanied by adults / €14 per child
Second child under 2 is free

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Natsumatsuri “Summer Festival” July 2012

Here are some pictures of festival I organized last summer.  Natsumatsuri is a traditional Japanese Summer Festival during which we celebrate the season in Yukata (summer Kimonos). Children participated in Japanese culture at Jacaranda Tree in Amsterdam. We did creative activities and games such as making Uchiwa (Fans) and water balloon fishing.


jinbei This is called Jinbei, casual style Japanese cloth.