Japanese Cultural Festival

It has become a tradition for the Japanese students in Shoreline’s TRAJAL Hospitality Program (TJHC) to host a Japanese Cultural Festival for the school. Cultural festivals (bunkasai) are very popular in Japan, in all levels of schools, from kindergartens to universities.

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At the Shoreline Japanese Cultural Festival, attendees got to play games with the students, try on kimono and yukata, and make origami. For a souvenir to take home, you could get your name written in Japanese calligraphy (shodo).

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This year, students performed Soran Bushi, a traditional dance about a prosperous fishing haul. They also had a wishing tree where you write your wish on a small piece of paper (tanzaku) and hang it from the tree. These are often see in Japan during festivals like Tanabata.

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If you see the TJHC students around campus, make sure to say hi! Keep up to date with more events around campus by following the SCC International Education Facebook.

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– Meg Humphrey

This Weekend: Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival

The Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival is an outstanding event that has been in Seattle’s history for over 40 years! The event is completely free and takes place in Seattle Center in the outdoor Fisher Pavilion and inside the Armory. It spans three days: Friday, April 21st through Sunday, April 23rd.

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The festival has many events planned throughout the weekend including many music and martial arts demonstrations, storytelling, and tea ceremony (chado). Every day has a good mix of performances, so if you can’t make it one day, you won’t miss anything!

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You can wander through exhibits featuring flower arranging (ikebana), kimono, kite making, calligraphy, sword polishing, Yoroi armor, and more! There is something for everyone to enjoy at the festival. For more details, you can check out their official website here.

– Meg Humphrey
Photos by Joe Mabel (GDFL or CC-BY-SA-3.0), via Wikimedia Commons