Monday, October 14, 2019
Ben Partridge

Do you want to learn more about traditional Japanese culture? Join the University of Iowa Japanese Program for a Japanese culture festival (文化祭 bunkasai) on Friday, November 1, from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at the Iowa City Public Library. This event is free and open to the public. All ages are welcome.

Exhibits will include origami, calligraphy, chopstick race, yukata fitting, onigiri stand, kendama, matcha green tea tasting, a jazz performance, and a Japanese talent show performed by students. 


4:30 - 6 p.m.  - CULTURAL EXHIBITS
origami, calligraphy, chopstick race, kendama, yukata fitting, onigiri stand, and matcha tasting

6 - 6:30 p.m.  - JAZZ PERFORMANCE by Masa Ishikawa with Jacob Pembelton and Gianauna Neville
Jazz pianist/composer Masa Ishikawa will present two original compositions, one inspired by Mahayana Buddhism, and another commemorating the victims of the 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami

6:30 - 7:30 p.m.  - STUDENT PERFORMANCE
Japanese martial arts, songs, and dance  

This event is made possible by funding from the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies, International Programs, and the Division of World Languages. 

For more information, please contact Noriko Higashitani at

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Dongwang Liu at, 319-335-1305.