Japanese Festival offers traditional food, performances

Japanese FestivalJapanese FestivalJapanese music, food, dance and storytelling will highlight the popular Japanese Festival at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

Preshow activities for the Feb. 22 celebration start at 4:30 p.m., with stage performances at 6 p.m. in the Ponderosa Room at the Nebraskan Student Union.

Each year about 600 people attend the event, which is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Japanese Association at Kearney, the festival theme for this year’s event is “Come Experience the Seasons of Japan.”

In addition to traditional Japanese performances and skits such as a samurai sword dance, the Japanese Festival features a dinner that includes nimono, simmered potatoes and vegetables; syoga-yaki, ginger pork; gohan, cooked rice; tamago-yaki, rolled egg; miso soup; and a dessert crepe.

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Contact: Yurina Kawai, JAK Public Relations, kawaiy2@lopers.unk.edu

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