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Hanami Festival

Hanami Festival and Students

The Japanese Language Program hosted a Hanami Celebration for anyone interested in Japanese language or culture on Friday, March 29. Hanami is a long standing Japanese tradition of welcoming spring, also known as the "cherry blossom viewing festival." Participants were invited to taste Japanese food, play games such as kendama, practice origami and calligraphy, listen to traditional music of Japan and more!

Students in the Japanese language classes competed in a Haiku writing contest and the winners were announced and prizes awarded at the festival. The winners and their poems are:

Top Awards in the Haiku Competition, 2019


In English


The 3rd Awards (2)


By Alysa Matsunaga (Sexton, 1001)



The Yellow Haze Moves

To bring Spring, flowers, life, bees

Teary, tingling eyes


By Samantha Hentz (Sasaki, 2002)


Cool air of the night

I leave my window ajar 

Remember winter


The 2nd Award


By Trung Duc Bui (Sasaki, 2002)


Amidst the cold

A flower blooms at the peak

With firm resolve



The 1st Award


By Andrew Benzinger (Yagata, 1002)


Winter's night carries

A jazzy song on the wind

Promising spring's dawn



日本語 (In Japanese)


The 3rd Award


By Gregory Woolsey (Yagata, 1002)






The 2nd Award


By Trung Duc Bui (Sasaki, 2002)






The 1st Award


By Hyunu Hwang (Yagata, 1002)


黄の空気    きのくうき

息苦しいな   いきぐるしいな

夏はまだ    なつはまだ

If you missed the festival this year, please join us next year!



Type of News/Audience:


Department Head, Professor, Asian Language Director
Instructor of Japanese Language
Graduate Program, Japanese Language Teaching Assistant
Graduate Student in Linguistics, Japanese Language Teaching Assistant

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