Japanese Festival Scheduled For Sunday, Nov. 14, at UNK.

Jayne Heimer
Japanese Association at Kearney (JAK) adviser, 308.865.8835 or heimerjm@unk.edu

UNK– Origami, sushi and calligraphy are a just a few things to try at this year’s Japanese Festival at the University of Nebraska at Kearney on Sunday, Nov. 14.

The Japanese Festival, which is free and open to the public, will be from 5-8 p.m. in the Nebraskan Student Union Ponderosa Room.

“The Japanese Festival is a great opportunity to experience the culture of Japan together with students from that country,” said Jayne Heimer, UNK modern languages lecturer. “Students and families can interact and learn in a very hands-on environment of fun and diversity.

There will be Japanese food served, dance and music presentations, and calligraphy writings on display. Guests will have the opportunity to play Japanese games, make origami and have their photo taken in Japan.

According Heimer, the authentic food that will be served includes—okonomiyaki, a Japanese hotcake with meat and vegetables; yakitori, chicken on a stick with Japanese flavorings; and dango, pounded balls of rice covered in sauces and powders.

“The Japanese were very isolated from the outside world for many years,” Heimer said. “This enabled them to develop unique characteristics of culture different from many other Asian nations that share borders, including their own written language, foods, dance styles and fashion.”