April 29, 2011—North Central College’s Japanese program and Japan Club will host their annual Japanese Spring Festival May 3. The family-friendly festival is free and open to the public and celebrates Japanese culture at the start of a new school year in Japan.
The festival will take place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, in North Central’s Harold and Eva White Activities Center, 325 E. Benton Ave.
Visitors can experience Japanese culture through hands-on activities such as folding paper, Japanese calligraphy, traditional children’s games and video games, and a sampling of contemporary Japanese music. Japanese food will be available at a minimal cost. Visitors can also have their photo taken dressed in a yukata, or cotton kimono, at no charge and enjoy a performance that includes koto or zither music and Japanese archery called kyudo.
A North Central student group, Action for Japan, will accept donations to the American Red Cross for the people in Japan who have suffered from the devastating earthquake and tsunami on March 11.
For more information about the event contact Fukumi Matsubara, professor of Japanese, at 630-637-5128.