Japanese Spring Festival April 1

The Japanese Student Association invites students to attend the Japanese Spring Festival at 6 p.m. Friday, April 1 at the Arkansas Union Multicultural Center. Attendees can play Japanese games, try out Japanese calligraphy and painting, and enjoy free Japanese food. This time, we not only have famous Japanese dishes, but also some strange dishes that Japanese people traditionally eat a lot. These are all unique aspects of Japanese culture that you can experience at this festival.

Festivals in Japan, “Matsuri”, have served various purposes over time. Originally, from the teachings of Shintoism, the Japanese believed that a god exists for everything, so they started holding “Matsuri” to worship these gods. Over time, the objectives and content have changed according to people’s needs. Today, “Matsuri” take place in many different forms to honor the gods, give thanks for the seasons, bring people together and connect the local community. More detailed information about “Matsuri” can be found on Wikipedia. In this era of pandemics, JSA wants to provide a unique Japanese festival to gather and have a good time.

Spring, 春 (haru), has a very important meaning for the Japanese because it is a pivotal season of the year. An academic year ends in March and begins in April. Students graduate in March and begin their new journey in April. The cherry blossom is one of the symbols since it blooms during this time when one chapter ends and the next chapter begins. Therefore, we hope that students can deepen their understanding of spring in Japan, and this festival will become their turning point to start something new; hopefully something related to Japanese culture.

This event is supported by the Student Activities Fee as a Student Associate government-funded event and is free to all students currently enrolled at the U of A. For more information, please join JSA GroupMe or follow JSA Instagram. For questions about the event or for accommodations due to a disability, you can contact Kenshi Kawade directly, [email protected] or call 479-575-5255.

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