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