April 10, 2003
INFORMATION: Sue Bozman or John McElwain, (661) 362-3415 or 3494
College to Hold Japanese Festival
Origami, fish painting, Bonsai gardening, calligraphy, formal kimonos, uniquely prepared seafood -- all are important aspects of Japanese culture and all will be part of the Japanese Festival to be held at College of the Canyons on April 23. The festival will take place from noon to 2 p.m. in the Honor Grove at the center of campus.
This is one in a series of college events sponsored by COCs Heritage Committee, which provides students, faculty and the community insight into many of the worlds cultures.
Participants will have a chance to watch a demonstration of Gyotaku (fish painting) and then get a lesson on how to do it. Theyll also be able to watch a demonstration of origami (the art of paper folding) and enjoy a display of intricate origami pieces. Martial arts performances will be staged in counterpoint to the readings of delicate Haiku poetry and calligraphy lessons. Displays of fish kites, Japanese wedding dresses and other Japanese artifacts will also be set up on a variety of campus locations. The COC Biology Club will display animals found in Japan.
From tastes of typical fish dishes to chopstick contests to Japanese food for lunch, the day promises to be rich in cultural experiences. Organizers encourage community members to join in the festivities.
For more information about this event or the COC Cultural Awareness Committee, call Pamela Brogdon-Wynne at (661) 3623278.