|Cherry Blossom Festival at BGSU|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Thursday, 18 April 2013 10:24|
Bowling Green's 12th annual Cherry Blossom Festival "Ohanami" will be held Saturday on the campus of Bowling Green State University.
The public is invited to participate in the activities in Room 101 of Olscamp Hall.
The festival is being sponsored by the Japanese Club and the Asian Studies Program at BGSU.
There will be many workshops, including traditional games for children. Visitors can taste sushi, Japanese snacks and candy. There will be BGSU "taiko" (Japanese drum), traditional rice cake making, Japanese folk dancing, and martial arts performances.
The university will also welcome Japanese chorus groups from the Findlay area.
All activities are free of charge. Family, neighbors and friends are all invited to join the campus community to celebrate the arrival of spring 2013.
The history of the cherry trees at BGSU dates back more than a decade. In 2000 the university's alumni in Tokyo donated about 50 Japanese cherry trees to BGSU with the dream of having a wonderful park on campus some time in the future, according to Akiko Kawano Jones, director of BGSU's Asian Studies Program and advisor of the Japanese Club. "Then the following year a Japanese company Tochigi-Fuji, which used to be located in Bowling Green, donated additional 20 trees. The cherry trees donated in fall of 2010 by Dowa THT at BG are also growing strong.
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