Japanese Culture Day

Students in Japanese II planned and executed a school-wide festival to dedicate our newly-constructed rock garden, as well as to celebrate and educate other students about Japanese culture. Students invited local experts to demonstrate ikebana (traditional flower arranging art), how to play the koto, and how to perform a traditional tea ceremony. Patricia Deridder, the founder of Yume Japanese Gardens, was also in attendance, and spoke about the power of Japanese gardens and about the student involvement in the Yume program. Students also got to learn how to fold origami, practice Japanese calligraphy, and tried on yukata outfits.