Japanese Festival features food, dance, drama

Japanese Festival

KEARNEY – Japanese food, music, dance and drama will be part of the Japanese Festival at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

“There are over 100 Japanese students at UNK,” said Takumi Nozuru, a junior aviation major and president of the Japanese Association at Kearney. “We don’t have a lot of opportunities to share our culture. This is an opportunity to share what the Japanese culture is.”

The Japanese Festival is at 5:30 p.m. Sunday (Feb. 23) in the Ponderosa Room at the Nebraskan Student Union.

The event features five different traditional Japanese dishes including sujuyaki, a Japanese stew; okonomiyaki, a savory pancake; jagabata, steamed potato with butter; teriyaki chicken and Japanese rice.

UNK students will perform music, a traditional Japanese dance, martial arts, a traditional samurai dance, skits of famous folktale and a trivia game about Japan.

“Japanese students are excited to share their culture with UNK and the Kearney community to help promote friendship and understanding between their countries and the Kearney/international UNK community,” said Jayne Heimer, the advisor for the Japanese Association at Kearney.

Last year, about 600 people attended the event, which is free and open to the public.

The event is sponsored by the Japanese Association at Kearney.

Source: Jayne Heimer, 308.865.8835, heimerjm@unk.edu
Writer: Sara Giboney, 308.865.8529, giboneys2@unk.edu

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