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19 November 2008

Highlights from Japan Day

On Friday, November 14, JSU's Sakura Union sponsored Japan Day, a cultural exchange between Japanese students and the JSU community. The event was held at the Anders Roundhouse and featured Japanese food, displays about the country and its people, a judo demonstration, and opportunities for participants to dress in Japanese traditional clothing or learn a skill such as origami and calligraphy.

The Sakura Union is a student organization founded in March 2007. Sakura is the English word for the cherry blossom. The cherry blossom is the national flower of Japan, and is often used as the country's symbol of goodwill.

In addition to Japan Day, the Sakura Union sponsors an annual Japan Festival, has a weekly Japanese Language School and cultural exchange on Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. in Sparkman Hall, holds a yard sale each semester as a fundraiser for the Japan Festival, and has a Hanami picnic under the cherry blossoms in the spring. Sakura Union also raises funds for its public service projects, such as adopting needy families.

Sakura Union has about 55 members, 10 of whom are Japanese students and the remainder of whom are American and International students. Membership is open to any JSU student with basic competency of the Japanese language, and sub-membership is offered to JSU students, faculty and staff. For more information about Sakura Union, e-mail

Below are more photos from Japan Day. All photos are by Angie Finley, JSU PR Specialist.


Practicing Japanese Calligraphy.

John Griffith, JSU sophomore, checks out the displays.

Judo demonstration

Caleb Adams practices his calligraphy.

JSU students Nathan Schuber and Michelle Clegg explore the art of origami.

Sushi, anyone?

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