Japanese Obon Festival 2019: Volunteers Wanted

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Japanese Obon Festival 2019: Volunteers Wanted

Edit: as of 8/8/19 we are no longer looking for volunteers. Thank you to everyone who has registered.

JASM is searching for volunteers for the year’s annual Obon Festival on Sunday, August 18th! These volunteers help with a variety of tasks, from assisting in the festival set-up process to manning our various booths (specifics can be found below). Please stay tuned for more details!

Volunteers receive complimentary admission to this event, and gain a great opportunity to meet new people while helping the community.


Volunteers will be chosen on a first come, first serve basis, and JASM members are a priority. If you would like to become a JASM member, please click here.

Click on this link to find out more information about the Obon Festival event. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact JASM event coordinators David Arcand and/or Sarah Kass at jasm.interns@gmail.com.

Booths and jobs descriptions:

  • Main JASM Booth
    • This booth will serve as an information center of JASM and introduce the Lantern Lighting attendees to JASM’s programs and events.
    • Volunteers at this booth will sell Japan related items.
    • Volunteers will be an advocate to recruit new members.
  • Calligraphy (*Must Know Japanese*)
    • This booth is a place where attendees can come to write, learn and enjoy writing in brush and ink in Japanese.
    • Volunteers who can write calligraphy and have knowledge of Japanese language are preferred.
    • Volunteers assist attendees with writing with the brush.
    • Volunteers able to demonstrate for the attendees.
  • Kingyo Sukui (Goldfish Catching)
    • Scoop a goldfish with a paper paddle. The objective being to obtain a goldfish by scooping it out of the tub using a paddle. Game is over when the paddle is completely broken.
    • Volunteers to be the monitor.
    • Volunteers to put winner’s caught goldfish into a bag.
  • Yo-Yo Tsuri
    • The objective is to obtain a balloon by fishing it out of the tub filled with water using a paper hook.
    • Volunteers to be the monitor.
    • Volunteers at this booth will make balloons.
  • J-Quiz 
    • J-Quiz is an event that is held every February. It was developed to test the ability of high school students studying the Japanese language. It is modeled after the format of Japan Bowl and aims to make studying Japanese both challenging and fun. At the J-Quiz booth, you can test your knowledge of Japan.
    • Volunteers will perform a mock-quiz, containing questions regarding Japan, with participants.
    • If the questions are answered correctly, the participant wins a prize.
    • Volunteers should be able to explain what J-Quiz is.