Bigger, Better, Closer to Home!
Back for its 5th year, I Can Japan is happening on Saturday, May 21st starting from 4:30pm, again at the Maebashi Plaza Genki 21.
I Can Japan (or simply I Can) began as an endeavor to support the communities affected by the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. Every year since then, GAJET has held the event as a symbol of love (愛, ‘ai’) and feelings (感, ‘kan’) for Japan. This year we have decided to support a cause closer to home, and as such 100% of proceeds will be going to Komochiyama Foster Home, located in the heart of Gunma and the “bellybutton” of Japan, Shibukawa. Komochiyama provides a safe, supportive, and engaging environment for orphans and disadvantaged children across a range of ages from infants to high schoolers, with over 50 children across 6 homes. Contributions will go towards resources for the children living at Komochiyama including but not limited to books, bicycles, clothing, and school supplies.
The entrance fee is 500 yen with a potluck dish! More about the potluck below.
All guests are encouraged to bring a dish to the potluck to be shared among guests. Please bring a dish that can feed about five adults (and please no convenience store foods, let’s cooking!). We are organizing dishes by appetizer, entree, and dessert, as well as helping out those who need to reheat their foods upon arrival, so please sign-up your contribution through our email [email protected] to confirm your dish’s spot! Note that we will not have access to Genki 21’s kitchen this year but will be bringing ovens to reheat dishes if needed.
Raffle and Silent Auction
All guests will receive a raffle ticket upon paying the entrance fee (￥500 + potluck dish) for raffle prizes donated by the community, ranging from gift cards to coveted all-inclusive packages. There will also be a silent auction held for donated items where guests can choose items that they wish to bid for and write their bids (in ￥100 increments) on the bid sheet. At the end of the night, the person who has bid the highest on the sheet wins the item and receives it after paying the bid amount to GAJET.
New this year to I Can Japan are the introduction of Carnival Games, where you can donate and try your luck at impressing those around you with your skill and technique in a variety of games for all ages. Those who succeed will walk away with raffle tickets giving them that much higher of a chance at one of the big prizes in the raffle, but consolation prizes will be given for everyone that tries! And of course all proceeds made from the games go to the foster home! It’s a win-win situation!
We are holding our very own flea market, but with a twist–it’s for charity! A section of the venue will be dedicated to items on sale, and you can browse them throughout the night. By participating, you can find something nice to take home AND raise funds for charity at the same time, as these proceeds will also go to our charity. If you have any items you’d like to donate, let us know at [email protected] (subject line “Flea Market”).
Performances will be held at various times throughout the event for guests’ entertainment. If you are interested in performing, please contact the event organizers as soon as possible at [email protected] (subject line “Performance”).
Maebashi Plaza Genki 21,
Maebashi-shi, Hon–Machi 2 Chome 12-1
First Floor Nigiwai Hall
(10 minute walk from JR Maebashi Station)
Registration for the event can be done in English or Japanese through this link. We ask that all RSVPs be sent in by Friday, May 20th at midnight.
More information including frequently asked questions can be found on the Facebook event located here https://www.facebook.com/events/1673613979567740/
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