Japanese Theme Party Supplies

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Japanese Party Ideas

Name your location. Invite your guests to Tokyo, Nagasaki or Norimoto's Zen Garden, etc. By naming it and referring to that name you'll create a definite place and time for your guests. It's amazing the credibility that is given when it is given a name.

Have some live characters roaming around, mingling with the guests. How about a travel guide pitching his/her newest tour all over Japan? Or how about a Karate Master walking around asking your guests to sign up for his new "Pain Is Your Friend" class? These characters do not need to be present for long periods of time. In fact, it is best if they are not. Let them come…and then go. Your guests will be incredibly impressed.

Hang fabric for simple decoration. Near larger metropolitan areas one can always find some type of 'garment district' or wholesaler shops for fabric. These are great for finding a high variety of prints for prices that are a steal. Have fun searching for appropriate prints to hang like pinched tapestries on the walls. This simple trick does wonders for decoration (especially when the decoration supply is pretty thin.)

DON'T THROW AWAY THE PARTY DECORATIONS! - Save money and do something your guests will LOVE! GIVE AWAY your party decorations! Use Japanese posters (see below for inexpensive resources) to hang around your party area. Allow the winners of different games to choose which poster they'll get to walk away with at the conclusion to the party! Combine decorations with party prizes!

At the entrance to your party/event, station a live person in character to greet them as they enter with some traditional Japanese music playing in the background. A few examples are described below:
" A flight attendant welcoming everyone 'off the plane' and to enjoy their stay in Japan (or better a specific city in Japan that you've chosen to 'host' your party.)
" Similar to the above but a cruise director preparing the 'guests' to 'disembark' - of course reminding them what time the cruise sets sale from the port to their next destination.
" Anyone dressed in traditional Japanese clothing ready to welcome your guests 'into their country'

This game would work for older children as well. Look up at your local library (or online) how to say the following words in Japanese: Yes (Hai), No (Iie), Goodbye (Sayonara) and Thanks (Arigato). (I say look them up because spelling them in Japanese won't help pronouncing them with a native tongue.) Provide these words and translations for each of your guests and explain that the English versions of these four words are not to be used (either for a specified period of time or for the duration of the party/event.) Additionally, arm each guest with three markers (coins, fake jewels, etc.) If a guest uses one of the four English words in any way (even in casual conversation) the first other guest to notice gets to ask for one of the markers. At the end of the specified time, the one with the most markers wins. For a great online translator for a resource (though does not show pronounciation) is www.wordlingo.com.

Japanese Posters! - Great party decorations!

Hokusai The Great Wave Poster Hiroshige Inlet at Awa Province Poster Hiroshige Snowy Landscape Poster Japanese Government Railways Poster Hiroshige Sudden Shower over Ohashi Poster













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