Event 16

Nara JETNet 16th Event
International Scavenger Hunt and Quiz

  On Saturday, May 20th, 2006, International scavenger hunt and quiz, the 16th event by Nara JETNet was held at the Nara Prefectural Small and Medium Enterprises Center in Nara City. The JETNet council, which is comprised of the 5 Coordinators for International Relations and one Assistant Language Teacher at the Nara Prefectural Board of Education, has been planning international events in Nara since 2001. The event included 61 citizens of Nara Prefecture and 43 JET Programme participants, representative of various countries, including France, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, China, the UK, Ireland, and the United States.

  The International Scavenger Hunt and Quiz was designed to be an adventurous day where Japanese and JET participants alike could interact while looking for famous and less famous places in Nara, guided by clues and solving mysteries.

  The first part of the event included some ice breaker activities that greatly helped all the participants to know each other and later on act as a team. Each team (total 6: monkeys, llamas, cranes, springboks, kangaroos and hedgehogs), led by a JET participant able to speak both English and Japanese, then headed outside to Nara Park, taking with them a set of clues and questions, with the objective of finding all 4 locations if possible, but in the very first place to have fun. The four places to find included the Nigatsudo hall, the Nara-machi Shiryokan (museum), a wooden plaque by the Todaiji temple, and the House of a famous Japanese writer. Each team was then to answer questions about the place they were, and also had to take a group picture assessing they found the right location. A scoring system was later used to tell the wining team. Artistic and funny pictures as well as children artwork were taken in account too.

  The second part of the event was the international quiz where participants as a team had to answer simple questions about worldwide countries. The JETNet team was operating this quiz using a projector while two members were sorting and selecting interesting pictures taken by the participants during the day. This selection was shown as a slideshow before the wining team (monkeys) was announced.

  The JETs arrived at the venue at approximately 9.30am and began setting up the room, before the participants began to arrive. At the registration desk, each participant received a nametag upon which was written the name and logo of the team they belonged to. The event culminated while participants were looking for the goals following the clues. Surveys revealed that all the participants, JET and Japanese alike, felt that the event was very interesting, as it provided participants with the opportunity to discuss and discover a wide variety of cultural places in Nara while walking outside as teams.

  The JETNet team would like to express its appreciation to everyone who participated, and we hope to see you again at a future event!

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