UNK Japanese Festival features food, music, dance, costumes

UNK’s Japanese Festival features traditional music, dance and other activities. The event is at 6 p.m. Saturday in the Ponderosa Room at the Nebraskan Student Union. (File photo by Corbey R. Dorsey/UNK Communications)
UNK’s Japanese Festival features traditional music, dance and other activities. The event is at 6 p.m. Saturday in the Ponderosa Room at the Nebraskan Student Union. (File photo by Corbey R. Dorsey/UNK Communications)

KEARNEY – The Japanese Association at Kearney will host its annual Japanese Festival at 6 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 10) in the Ponderosa Room at the Nebraskan Student Union.

Nearly 500 people annually attend one of the most popular events involving international students at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

The event – free and open to the public – features traditional music, a Kenbai sword dance, fisherman and Wota dances, a karate demonstration, anime character costume show, and other games and activities highlighting Japanese culture.

The menu for the Japanese festival includes edamame, Japanese-style fried chicken, rice balls, seasoned cucumbers, chocolate coated bananas and cotton candy.

UNK currently has 138 Japanese students, the most of any foreign country on campus.

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