If you wish to hold your own chopstick relays, here is a possible list of what you will need
- happi coats (not essential)
- Hachimaki (head bands, these can be home-made if you don’t have any)
- jelly babies (or similar)
Students lines up in teams, we had 7 in each team, mixed teams with students from both schools.
The first person puts on a happi coat and headband, runs out to a table, turns around to face all the waiting team members (this eliminates cheating) and transfers jelly babies from one plate to the next.
What students learned from Chopstick Relays
- Using chopsticks is a lot harder than it looks
- Japanese people are amazingly skillful using chopsticks
- Spearing jelly babies is actually slower as they get stuck on the chopsticks
- Yelling at the jelly babies does not make your team go any faster
- Jelly baby massacre is not rewarded
- Try to keep your Hachimaki around your head and not over your eyes
- Looking the part does not necessarily guarantee success
- Aussie kids should maybe stick to hamburgers…….
A fun time was had by all.