The annual Japanese Culture Day event was held at Ke Kula O Nawahiokalaniopuu, a Hawaiiam immersion school in Keaau, on Oct. 26.
At Nawahi school, Japanese and Kanji (Chinese characters) are taught to elementary school students through the East Asian heritage language program.
This schoolwide event serves as a great opportunity for students to experience traditional Japanese culture through various cultural demonstrations and hands-on activities, said kumu Pilialoha Tomita Smith.
This year’s demonstrations included judo, kimono, Bon dancing and taiko performances. Elementary school students also participated fully in some cultural activities such as Japanese calligraphy, musubi-making, origami and Japanese toys.
“For every single student, it was a very special day filled with wonderful cultural experiences,” said Smith. “They witnessed and experienced the beauty of traditional Japanese culture.”