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Japan Day

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

Japan Day is an event held at the Bechtel International Center at Stanford University on Saturday, May 8 by Stanford Japanese Association (SJA) and Stanford University Nikkei (SUN). Since I was interested in what was going on in the event but had little time to enjoy it on that day, I just dropped by after lunch, and walked around to look at some demonstrations.

There were several corners for presenting Japanese culture. Out of them, the tea ceremony seemed to be the most popular. Two Japanese women wearing traditional garment, kimonos, demonstrated how to make and have Japanese tea in a formal way. In addition, some Japanese people tried to teach how to write Japanese calligraphy, shodo, and how to do Japanese paper folding, origami. Just being there for about ten minutes, I was struck by a sense of nostalgia.

Two Japanese women demonstrating how to make and have Japanese tea.

Some ornaments for the Boy’s Festival in Japan.

My first Thanksgiving Day

Friday, November 27th, 2009

Today was my first Thanksgiving Day. The Stanford Graduate Student Council provided free Thanksgiving dinner, and I was happy to join the event. Of course, this was the first time for me to eat traditional Thanksgiving dishes such as turkey and pumpkin pie, but I liked them. It seemed like a number of first-year international students joined the event, including me. I got to know some students around me, and enjoyed a little chat with them. Since my last two months were really hectic, this event was a good relaxing time for me.