Japan Studies Student Leaders present Sakura Matsuri, an annual event held to welcome and celebrate the beautiful cherry blossoms around campus and across the street at the Oregon State Capitol. The event takes place from 2 to 5 p.m. this Saturday, April 8 on the second floor of the Putnam University Center, 900 State St. in Salem.
Sakura (cherry blossoms) are entrenched in Japanese culture. The sakura holds significance to the Japanese as a representation of the ephemeral and transient nature of life. The festival is filled with food, entertainment, and many cultural activities. Sakura Matsuri is free.
Schedule of Events:
- 2 p.m. – Koto and Cello performance featuring Masumi Timson & Dr. Joseph Harchanko
- 3 p.m. – Karate performance featuring Yoichi Kozuma
- 4 p.m. – Taiko performance from Takohachi
In addition to the performances, origami, yukata, calligraphy, and other activities will be available to learn and enjoy.