If the campers got a little wild at Shofuso Summer Camp, it was with good reason–the theme for Week Three was animals! Campers made clay planters in animal shapes, carved blocks to make their own owl prints, and sculpted their own koi and turtles.
The focus was on animals that appear frequently in Japanese folklore and are a significant part of Japanese culture, like the maneki-neko (beckoning cat), who brings good fortune to homes, and the tricky kitsune (fox). In Japanese folklore, foxes are shown to be incredibly intelligent and have magical powers. Kitsune are also shown to be able to transform into humans, frequently using this power to trick people. Campers got into the spirit by making their own kitsune masks, so that they could make their own transformations!
Campers also learned a number of origami patterns, one of which the Shofuso CIT Ambassadors have created a short video tutorial for!