Thursday, March 29, 2012

Karate Kid Finale

Rice, Rice Baby!

Weird Al is alive and well and living at Camp Grammaluvlee! Mandy was the dance instructor for this beloved American classic

Alright stop, grab a table and a menu
Ice is back in his Oriental venue
Hungry for a little chop suey
I want Chinese not Hong Kong phooey!

You know what you want? Yo, can't decide
Column A, Column B, I like fried!
Barbecue spareribs, my fingers I'm lickin'
Waitin' for the main course, Kung Pao Chicken!

Sushi Masters

While Gramma made the real deal sushi the campers tried rolling dessert sushi for dinner.

Our ingredients included fruit roll up nori, rice crispie treats 
and twinkies for rice, swedish fish and twizzlers.

Japanese Tea Ceremony
Danii performed a Japanese Tea Ceremony. She learned all about it by watching and rewatching the Tea Ceremony in Karate Kid II. This is a very special event in Japanese culture.The hostess spends days going over every detail to make sure that the ceremony is perfect, and so did Danii!

The hostess purifies the tea container and tea scoop with a fine silk cloth called a fukusa.

She fills the tea bowl with hot water and rinses the whisk. At this point she lifts the tea
scoop and tea container and places three scoops of tea per guest in the tea bowl.

She ladles hot water into the tea bowl and whisks the tea to mix. Our tea ceremony was very authentic and took over an hour to perform. In that time everyone including a two year old sat completely quiet and enthralled!!


In Karate Kid Mr. Miyagi teaches Daniel-san of the calming effects of Bonsai raising and cutting.

We learned the art of Bonsai from our resident Bonsai experts.

The finished product and may I add, we're feeling very Zen-like and serene about now!

Japanese crafts

We used water colors to paint paper fans...

...and chopsticks and different craft material to make hair ornaments.

Chopstick Fly Relay

One of our favorite scenes in the movie is when Daniel sees Mr. Miyagi attempting to catch flies with his chopsticks.

For this relay the campers race against the clock to transfer as many plastic flies from one bowl to another in one minute. Oh, did I say they do it with chopsticks!

The flies were from an after Halloween clearance.

Japanese Dinner

Grandma Homey was our very special guest for dinner. The kids honored her by performing Rice, Rice baby!...

...showing off their mad karate skills...

...and by honoring her by serving her first in a tea ceremony.

Kamryn was hostess in tonight's ceremony.

Papa even joined in the celebration.

Sayonara from the Land of the Rising Sun!

Gramma Luvlee

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  1. Thanks for sharing this with us at The Sunday Round Up and for the great links for the sweet sushi.

  2. Thanks for sharing on Simple & Sweet Fridays. Your party has such details, the dessert sushi, tea ceremony, and projects. Very fun!