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Before tonight’s Last Lecture, visit Japanese Spring Festival

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North Central presents its annual Japanese Spring Festival—featuring food and free activities and performances—on Monday, May 14. It will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Harold and Eva White Activities Center. Visitors can stop by before the Last Lecture, which begins at 8 p.m. in Wentz Concert Hall.

Visitors will experience Japanese culture through hands-on activities such as folding paper, Japanese calligraphy, traditional children’s games, video games and sampling of contemporary Japanese music. Visitors may also have their picture taken in yukata (cotton kimono) for free and sample Japanese foods at a minimal charge.

In the performance area, Okinawan Performance Group will perform with taiko (drums) and sansen (banjo-like instrument) as well as demonstrate Okinawan Karate, and North Central students will sing Japanese songs. There also will be Japanese archery (Kyudo) and swordsmanship (Kendo) demonstrations.

Japanese international students with support of the International Club will sell T-shirts for $10 to raise funds for people in Japan who suffered from the devastating earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011.

The annual Japanese Spring Festival is held in May, which is the Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month in the United States. In Japan, it is the time to celebrate Children’s Day and enjoy a weeklong vacation and nice spring weather. For more information about North Central’s event call 630-637-5128.