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The Japanese Program Instructors and Students Draw Visitors at the Como Park’s Annual Obon Festival

The Japanese Program provided fun cultural activities at the 18th annual Japanese Obon Festival
October 26, 2017

Teaching Specialist Nana Onishi instructs visitors in Origami construction.

Teaching Specialist Nana Onishi instructs visitors in Origami construction.
Teaching Specialist Nana Onishi helps visitors create Origami at the UM Japanese Program booth.

This year the Japanese Language Program instructors were joined by enthusiastic UM undergraduates in promoting Japanese language and culture at Como Park during the 18th Annual Obon Festival (formerly Japanese Lantern Lighting Festival). They challenged Minnesota teens and adults to Japanese trivia games and led younger folks in the art of paper-folding.

Director of Japanese Language Instruction Michiko Buchanan performs taiko drumming.
Director of Japanese Language Instruction Michiko Buchanan performing taiko drumming with Enso Daiko.

 

The 18th Annual Japanese Obon Festival held in Saint Paul brought in over 10,000 visitors. Some dressed in traditional summer wear for this festival that features floating paper lanterns to send the spirits of the dead safely to the next world. Our Director of Japanese Language Instruction, Michiko Buchanan, performed powerful taiko drumming with her new group Enso Daiko at the festival.

Thanks for visiting, see you next year!