By Hairuo Yi |Staff Writer|
Japan Day, a school event drawing students’ attention to Japanese culture and the internationalization of campus, was held Nov. 18.
There were four activities held during Japan Day, which were a Japanese Taiko drum performance, Japanese culture booths, Japanese tea time and a Kabuki lecture and demonstration.
The lecturer of the Department of World Languages and Literature Makiko Amaya, said they invited a professional Taiko performer from Los Angeles and had over 100 people attend.
Japanese culture booths and a segment called “tea time,” was available during the event.
“Teatime would serve Japanese Tea, in the traditional way. Everything is free, and students are going to have a presentation about Japanese culture,” said Amaya.
There were plenty Japanese games and opportunities to win free prizes, but many students believed some of the games were too difficult.
“The games are really fun, but some of the games, like chess, are hard for me,” said student Jose Ruiz.
Both events were planned, organized and prepared by students.
“We had five meetings in the week, with students whom worked so hard to make these two activities happen,” said Amaya.
There were many American students who participated, in helping Japanese students introduce and demonstrate their culture.
Also, the American students who are studying Japanese right now, can learn so many things, not only the language andculture,” said Amaya.
“I had already taken the Japanese class and I’ve always been interested in Japanese culture.
This event really helped me understand more of what Japanese culture is really about,” said Stephanie Cazares.
Kirk Kanesaka, the only non-Japanese citizen to be accepted into the Kabuki Theater, was a speaker at the event, he talked about how manga and anime relates to Kabuki during his demonstration.
“Kabuki is a traditional Japanese drama. He is going to talk about the manga. Manga is the Japanese traditional comics. One piece is one of the very famous Japanese anime,” said Amaya.
Kanesaka hopes to share his patience, love and kindness of his research with everyone at this event.
“I think the best thing is being able to talk to a very diverse group. And I think that is very special, because hopefully this lecture would kind of hit home to different types of people,” said Kanesaka.
Many students think this event is a good opportunity for them to learn about Japanese culture and meet new friends.
“I feel more influenced by their culture and the things they sell and we buy from them. If I could meet somebody who is Japanese, I might want to be able to communicate with them,” said Erick Orduno, student.
Amaya hopes students learn about the Japanese study abroad program that is one of the purposes of this event.
“We have a Japanese program at CSUSB. Every quarter we have about 200 students studying Japanese and there are still some people who might not know about the abroad program,” said Amaya.
According to Ruiz, it was a wonderful time for students who came and enjoyed the Japan Day, but he also has several suggestions, “There could have been more games and the room should have been bigger to allow people to move freely during the event.”