Photos by Citlaly Carlos and Daniel Escamilla
The fifth annual Japan Day was hosted by the American X Japanese Cross-Cultural Club on November 13, 2019 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Student Union’s Events Center. The celebration featured many Japanese-related activities and
booths. Japan Day also closed with the Japanese Gala event that featured Shinkendo, Aikido demonstration, and Annual Anime Cosplay Show.
Information on the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) program was provided on Japan Day by Grant Minagawa and Julian Ely.
A freshman Kinesiology major, Auguste, participated and tied his wish in the Wishing Tree’s booth.
Eve Santos, a freshman and Accounting major, and Ambrose Espiritu, freshman and Pre-nursing major, wore traditional Japanese clothes from the photobooth’s stand as they held onto their water balloons.
Origami tutorials by first-year Maya and fourth-year Ashley who are both majoring in Biology.
Graduate student for Health Services Administration, Stephanie, gave study abroad information to students Erica and Tomoko.
A couple of participants from Japan Day’s chopstick game were Isaac, junior math major, and Gilbert, a senior chemistry major.
Representative of Consulate-General of Japan in Los Angeles was Julian Ely, and he discussed Japan’s preparation for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.
Julian Ely informed the audience about scholarship opportunities for American students to Japan.
Masaji Saito, master of Shinkendo (Japanese swordsmanship), was invited to the stage.
Masaji Sato performs his Japanese swordsmanship for the audience in the Japanese Gala.