Texas State hosts Japanese Sakura Festival

Date of Release: 03/29/2005

SAN MARCOS —The Japanese Language and Culture Club at Texas State University-San Marcos will host the annual Sakura Festival 5:30-8:30 p.m. April 6 in the LBJ Student Center Ballroom on campus.

The goal of the festival is to promote Japanese culture on campus and throughout the community, and is open to anyone interested in Japanese culture. Admission is $3.

Guest include San Marcos Mayor Susan Narvaiz, Texas State Provost Perry Moore, Dean of Education John Beck along with representatives from the Japanese Consulate in Houston and National Collegiate Network.
Students at a long table eating together.
The Sakura Festival introduces many
to Japanese culture

The festival will feature a wide variety of Japanese food, displays and entertainment. Scheduled events include a martial arts demonstration by the Texas State Martial Arts Club, a children’s violin performance using the traditional Japanese Suzuki method, Yosakoi dance, Japanese drumming by the Austin Taiko group, origami demonstrations, kirie paper cutting, Japanese calligraphy and kimono displays. Sushi will be catered by HEB.

Sakura Festivals trace their roots back to ancient Japan, where the cherry blossom was considered to symbolize a life lived to the fullest, no matter how brief. The Sakura Festival is also a reminder of fresh beginnings and the renewal of the spirit that comes with spring. In the United States, the most famous Sakura observance is the National Cherry Blossom Festival, which began with a gift of the 3,000 cherry trees from the city of Tokyo to the people of Washington, D.C., in 1912. Since then, Sakura festivals have spread to such cities as Seattle, Detroit, San Francisco, Brooklyn and now, San Marcos.

For more information, call (512) 557-4685 or email cf1039@txstate.edu.