I am sure you all have probably noticed by now the beautiful pale pink petals blowing across campus from the Sakura trees down near the O’Connell Sports Center. What better way is there to enjoy their beauty than with a celebration at the Tenth Annual Sakura Festival!
For those who do not know, the Sakura Trees were a gift from John Kageyama, President of America Kotobuki Electronics, Inc. He gave 100 beautiful Shirofugen cherry trees (Sakura Trees) to the City of Vancouver to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Washington’s statehood. On April 11, 1990 they were planted on the Clark College Campus. The Sakura Festival will entail a variety of activities such as table displays of different aspects of Japanese culture (manga, food, clothes, etc.), a presentation from the Japanese Language Students at Clark, and a greeting from the children in the Early Childhood Education.
Some other performances that you won’t want to miss are the Soran Bushi Dance and the Portland Taiko group. The Soran Bushi dance, otherwise known as the Fisherman Dance, will be performed by some of our students in the Japanese Language department here at Clark. They have been working very hard during dance practice to perform at this event so be sure to come support your fellow penguins!
The Portland Taiko Group is definitely a performance that you’ll want to check out.Taiko is an ancient Japanese art form of percussion using large, barrel shaped drums. The sound of the drums is powerful and almost a dance within itself the way that the drummers move. The Portland Taiko group comes highly recommended as a Professional Taiko Group, so come and check it out!
The Sakura Festival is happening this Thursday, April 15, 2015 and will be starting at 1 p.m. down at the Sakura Trees near O’Connell Sports Center. For the performances please join the festival up in the Student Center of Gaiser Hall at 2 p.m. There will be refreshments along with the table displays.