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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)

 

Pollen
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)

 

鳥の歌

音が聞こえる

もう一度

 

The 2nd Award

 

By Trung Duc Bui (Sasaki, 2002)

 

踊る花
時を忘れる

楽な夢

 

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!

 

 

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Personnel

Department Head, Associate 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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