Made in Japan: UCLAN’s third annual Bunkasai hits the SU

Laura Creighton - Deputy Politics Editor

UCLAN’s third annual Bunkasai, or Japan day, took place on Friday 27th January. Students of all races gathered across Adelphi building and the Atrium to celebrate Japan’s diverse culture.

The event was organised and hosted by the Japanese society alongside the Japanese department in the school of languages.

Performances took place in the atrium showcasing several Japanese past-times.  This included a demonstration of a traditional Japanese dance known as Nihon Buyo performed by Moe Takeuchi and Misaki Masuda.

Next up was the first j-pop showcase by Dyonne Johnson, followed by a second performance by Harika Green.

The UCLAN Karate society also provided a short demonstration of the traditional martial art, before a Kendo demonstration courtesy of the Lancaster Kendo society.

Also in the atrium were stalls dedicated to calligraphy, and crafts such as teru teru bozu (doll-making) and kimono dressing, as well as other stalls showcasing cultural artefacts, which students could peruse at their leisure.

The Adelphi building also showcased some of these performances, as well as university fair where current students could consider their options for studying abroad in Japan in the following year. A traditional Japanese lunch was also prepared for students to enjoy.

There were also demonstrations of student work, manga, translations of academic publications located on stalls around the foyer.

There was also a guest lecture from a Mr Azawaka, which provided a fair amount of detail about the everyday life in the country, various food staples, and interesting facts, as well as dispelling certain myths about the country, for example, “we don’t all eat ramen for lunch.”

Bradley Culley, who was involved in organising the event, said, “The event itself was in the planning progress for many months and after a lot of hard work and effort from all who participated, I believe that it went incredibly well.”

There were also competitions held, in which contestants could win traditional Japanese face masks. These included both an English speaking and Japanese Speaking Haiku challenge, and a general quiz on the country.

The event is aimed to provide Japanese language and culture students of all years to work together with staff to show the many aspects of Japanese culture and lifestyles, as well as to inform the wider community about the Japanese programme at UCLAN.

Every Bunkasai held at UCLAN has had a representative of the Japanese embassy in attendance, fostering strong links.

Robert Kasza, another organiser of the event commented that he was very impressed with the quality of haiku submissions, as well as the professionalism of the mini-exhibitions in Adelphi building.

He also said “The event would not be possible without constant support from the Worldwise learning centre and I am very grateful to my colleagues  from the WWLC for their co-operation.

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