It was not just any exhibition. It was a celebration of Japanese culture and a glimpse into Japanese life. Wearing the Yukata, the traditional Japanese summer dress brought back vivid memories of her days in Japan for Usha Devi, 72. âWhen my husband was transferred to Japan in 1973, I struggled a lot there. But when I was pregnant with my daughter, my neighbors made me wear the yukata and celebrated my daughter’s arrival in Japanese tradition. It was a beautiful time, “she said. Almost all of the visitors, men and women, got a feel for the country’s traditional clothing as the volunteers draped their dresses.
The Hina Matsuri as well as the Indian kolu which is a festival of dolls for girls was also exhibited at the festival. âEach of these dolls is handcrafted from wood, bamboo and straw. They each represent the rich culture of the country. In seven steps, the dolls of the king, the queen, their musicians, geishas, ââministers, samurai and objects used by the people such as the green teapot, the dressing table and the palaquins are decorated on the steps . A Japanese candy is also placed in the center, âsaid Shree Akshaya, a student at ABK-AOTS Dosokai coimbatore, a Japanese language school that hosted the festival.
Bonsai and Origami were on display. Age was not a corner bar where participants attempted to get the Kendama, a ball attached to the thread landing on a cup to win a prize. Fukuwari, another game in which a blindfolded person had to correctly place the features of a paper Japanese woman was also a crowded corner. This was organized by ABK-AOTS Dosokai coimbatore, a Japanese language school. Age was not a corner bar where participants try to get the Kendama, a ball attached to thread that lands on a cup to win a prize. Fukuwari, another game in which a blindfolded person had to correctly place the features of a paper Japanese woman was also a crowded corner.
âMany students have visited Japan for scholarships and exchange programs. And they all have such love and passion for the country that it’s hard to explain. We wanted to bring this art and this culture that we had seen in the city to raise awareness and also educate. Last year we brought music from Japan and next year we are planning to have a food festival, âsaid Shanmuga Priya, a teacher (sensei) at the school.
Bonsai and origami were also part of the celebration. From the mountains of Fiji to Japanese stories, paper crafts were a major attraction, with children also learning simple tips for making hats and other shapes from newspapers at the event. Usha Devi, an academician from Chennai learned the trade 17 years ago while visiting Japan and now teaches students.
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