Willamette University Sakura Matsuri – April 4th

By treasurer


Sakura Matsuri is Willamette University’s Japan Studies Student Leader’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
Time: 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Location: Willamette University, Putnam University Center

See the performance schedule below:

12:00: Opening/Welcoming Statements

12:05: JSSL Dance-Soran Bushi

12:15 : Kat McDowell

1:10: Sanshin Club

1:25: Utsukikai

1:55: Takohachi Taiko

2:40: JSSL Kendo

2:55: WU Taiko

3:40: Kengidogo

3:50: Kat McDowell

4:45: JSSL Dance-Showcase

5:00: Closing Remarks/Thank you

For more information please visit Willamette University’s official Sakura Matsuri page.

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The Portland Chapter of JETAA (The JET Program Alumni Association) was created to serve the bonds of friendship developed by the program participants. JETAA’s purpose is to achieve, through its activities, a broader and deeper understanding between Japan and the other countries participating in the program.