Everyone invited to evening of Japanese culture

Published 07 May 2010

kotoThe annual Japanese Cultural Evening at the University of New England on Friday 14 May will illuminate many facets of Japanese culture.

The organisers are inviting members of the Armidale and University communities to an evening of instrumental and vocal music, calligraphy, clothing, martial arts, games, animated film, and food, beginning at 6 pm.

Hiroshi Nakada, a teaching assistant of Japanese at UNE and one of the organisers of the Cultural Evening, said the annual event enabled community members to benefit from the University’s links with Japan and Japanese culture through its Japanese and English language teaching programs. “We hope everyone will come along and enjoy an experience of Japanese culture in a context of international friendship,” he said.

Entry to the program of performances in the A1 Lecture Theatre in UNE’s Arts Building will be free, and Japanese food – sushi and green tea – will be available for $7 during the interval.

The program will start with a drumming performance by the UNE-based Japanese Taiko Ensemble, and continue with a performance by Ms Sayaka Nunotani from Osaka of music for koto (a 13-stringed instrument, pictured here). This will be followed by a presentation on Japanese animation by the UNE Anime Club.

During interval there will be demonstrations of calligraphy and how to dress in a cotton kimono (yukata), and after interval demonstrations of martial arts and a Japanese game reminiscent of hide-and-seek – all of these involving students from Japan’s Chubu University who are studying at the UNE English Language Centre.

Students of Japanese at UNE will entertain the audience with Japanese songs both traditional and modern.