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.
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
and then go. Your guests will be incredibly
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.)
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
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
" 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'
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.