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Celebrating Japan - Tennessee Style

04 May 2010 9:09 AM | Deleted user

By: Rob Sperry
JASK Member: Franklin Precision Industries of Kentucky

The venue, the weather, the booths and entertainment, everyone who attended would surely agree the 2nd annual Japan-America Society of Tennessee (JAST) Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival was a blooming success. Held in the courtyard of the Nashville Public Squre with a splendid view of downtown, attendees of all ages enjoyed a celebration of Japan in Tennessee.

Tables were lined around the plaza offering Japanese cuisine from local restaurants, pop culture items, and travel brochures enticing locals to visit the Land of the Rising Sun. Some of the locals took the opportunity to wear a festive yukata or dress as their favorite cosplay character.

The stage performances began with a stirring Taiko drum rendition by Kaminari Taiko all the way from Houston, TX. Other acts throughout the day included traditional kimono clad dancers and Mamiko(check) singing pop songs in English and Japanese. Of course, this being Nashville, country music recording artist Rattlesnake Annie(one of the earliest country artists to perform live in Japan) thrilled listeners with some of her home grown hits. The highlight of the day on the stage was none other than Consul General Hiroshi Sato displaying his multiple talents by performing on the fiddle. It was announced that Consul General would also be performing at the Grand Ole Opry. Now that’s cross-cultural attainment!

Emily Winckler and all JAST members and volunteers can be proud of all the hard work they put into this event. Events like this will continue to draw us together to celebrate our different cultures and strengthen the bonds of friendship and goodwill between Japan and the United States.

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