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Sakura Matsuri is JSSL's largest annual event. Occuring every spring, Sakura Matsuri is a festival held to welcome and celebrate the beautiful cherry blossoms around campus and across the street at the Oregon State Capital. Sakura (cherry blossoms) are entrenched in Japanese culture. The Japanese hold significance to the sakura as a representation of the ephemeral and transient nature of life.
Every year, Japan Studies Student Leaders, with the help of many American Studies Program and Willamette University volunteers, hosts this festival filled with food, entertainment, and many cultural activities. Sakura Matsuri has free admission and is open to the Willamette, TIUA, and general Oregon community.
Date: Saturday, April 4, 2015
Location: Willamette University, Putnam University Center
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12:00pm- Welcoming Remarks
12:05pm- JSSL Dance: Soran Bushi
12:15pm- Kat McDowell- International J-Pop rising artist
1:10pm- Kengido OSU, 剱伎道 - KENGIDO
2:35pm- Willamete Sanshin Club
3:05pm- Karate Demonstration
3:10pm- Willamette Taiko Club
3:50pm- Kat McDowell
4:45pm- JSSL Dance Showcase (Student's choreo: Hip hop, Lock, Jazz) 5:00pm- Closing Remarks