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Five College Hanami Festival to be held in two weeks

Hanami (literally "flower viewing") is the Japanese traditional custom of enjoying the beauty of flowers, especially cherry blossoms.

On Saturday, April 14, Smith’s Japanese culture organization, Sazanami, will host the Five College Hanami Festival, celebrating the Japanese tradition of flower-viewing. The event is being co-sponsored by the Five College East Asian Program and the Department of East Asian Languages and Literature at Smith College.

Members of Sazanami are interested in Japan; their goal for the Hanami Festival is to introduce the Five College and local communities to Japanese culture through a traditional festival. The event will also feature musical performances, aikido and naginata demonstrations, Japanese dances, skits, and activities including origami, calligraphy, and trying on a yukata (a casual summer kimono).

The event, which will be held from 12:30 to 5 p.m. in the Campus Center Carroll Room, is free and open to the public. In addition to watching the performances and participating in activities, attendees can sample free food including onigiri, mochi sundaes, dango, and Japanese curry rice.

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