Thanks alot Kiyo! It sounds like a very interesting project!
My summer project will be to produce the first 5th Dimension Mud Ball - if I
have succes I'll let you know. If not, I'll just keep it to my self.
We are all looking forward to heraring more about the IBI-project!
On 6/13/06, Beth Ferholt <email@example.com> wrote:
> Thank you Kiyo, for this interesting description!
> I can't wait for another Ibi project report!
> On Jun 13, 2006, at 6:09 AM, Kiyotaka Miyazaki wrote:
> > Lars, and Beth,
> > Sorry not to respond soon. I was busy in these days. The end of the
> > semester are yet far away for us in Japan, and I was out of town. I
> > stayed in Ibi for 3 days last week.
> >> this sounds really interesting; what struck me about the activity
> >> was how so
> >> many different aspects of development was compressed into those
> >> hand fulls
> >> of mud do you know if any of his work assessable in English or if
> >> there are
> >> any public pages that describes his Ninja Project?
> > I forwarded your mail to Kayo, but I haven't yet gotten his response.
> >> Did Prof. Kayo play a Ninja, himself, in these play activities?
> > This project started as a treasure hunting in a summer camp. Main
> > participants were elder graders of the elementary schools. Children
> > got a mail from a descendant of the boss of Ninja before the summer
> > camp, asking them to find out a treasure of Ninja on behalf of him.
> > According to a family legend of the Ninja, some treasure was hidden
> > somewhere near the camp site. And children were asked to search it
> > secretly, not telling about it to any adults. With a secret map
> > sent to them, children finally succeeded to find out the treasure,
> > a scroll some coded letters written on it. But, it was just a start
> > of the long story, developed unexpectedly even for Kayo....
> > So, Kayo was a "producer" of the story, writing mails from Ninja
> > family and preparing for "treasure". But children didn't know that
> > Kayo was involved in the plot until they were told that this affair
> > was all fictitious by Kayo some 5 years later. Some of his students
> > played the role of Ninja, or a relative of Ninja, but their parts
> > were not important, like handing out a mail to children. So, adults
> > were, in most cases, behind the backdrop in this project.
> > One comment on Ibi.
> > Yokai became legend for children of Ibi kindergarten. The eldest
> > graders of this year remember very well on Yokai, particularly on
> > Konakijijii. And note that the eldest graders of this year did not
> > participate in the last year's project. All they know about Yokai
> > were what they learnt from the behavior of the eldest graders of
> > the last year! And also note that this year's theme is "insects". I
> > will send some report on this year's Ibi project later.
> > Kiyo Miyazaki
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