🌸Virtual Ohanami Social Event 🌸

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Join us for a virtual “Ohanami,” or cherry blossom viewing party! We will virtually celebrate the traditional custom of viewing cherry blossoms, so be sure to bring your favorite snacks and beverages!

Here’s what we have planned: We will first introduce Ohanami and the cultural importance of cherry blossoms in Japan. For our main event, we will have a second appearance of Rakugo performer Mr. Ken Saito to tell a story. After the performance, we welcome attendees to engage with Mr. Saito through conversation and interacting with one another! We will have a breakout session after the performance for guests to learn more about Rakugo, Cool Japan, and Japan tourism. There will be an additional breakout room for those interested in other facets of Japanese culture such as Japanese food, manga, and martial arts.

Event Date: Tuesday, April 13 from 7PM to 8:30PM Eastern Time.

Event Schedule:
7:00pm: Introduction of Ohanami
7:10pm-7:40pm: Ken Saito’s 2nd Rakugo performance
7:40pm-8pm: 1st session Breakout Rooms:
a. Talking with Ken Saito – Talk about traditional Japanese performing arts with Rakugo artist Ken Saito
b. Cool Japan – What various aspects of Japanese culture do you find cool?
c. Japan Tourism – Have you traveled to Japan? What part of Japan would you like to visit?
8:00pm-8:20pm: 2nd session Breakout Rooms:
a. Japanese Food – What is your favorite Japanese food? Do you cook Japanese food?
b. Manga – What is your favorite manga or anime?
c. Martial Arts – Do you participate in any Japanese martial arts? Which one do you practice?
*Optional Japanese session 8:30pm – on wards: Guests are welcome to continue socializing but in Japanese!