Aug 15, 2010
The Philippine Normal University celebrates its third Nami event that celebrates Japan’s Tanabata festival. A Chinese and Japanese summer festival that celebrates the meeting of Altair and Vega, Hikoboshi and Orihime respectively.
The event was an open school event to recognize and appreciate Japanese culture as part of its J-Culture Organization. Visitors were welcomed warmly into their gymnasium with full usher services as well as a warm and hospitable hosts. Booths showcasing Japanese pop culture were present for the visitors to tour around; the organizers themselves were welcome to guide and give a brief educational background for everything present. Entertainment was given to the guests by presenting pop culture dances and songs as well as traditional folk dances in commemoration with the summer festival.
Contests for the guests were also held including a pop quiz that challenges the player’s knowledge on Japanese pop songs, an on the spot drawing contest as well as a small cosplay competition. The event was warm and homely, with the MCs encouraging visitor participation by playfully letting them in for some mini games.
The event ended with an interpretative dance of the story of the star-crossed lovers (literally) of Orihime and Hikoboshi. Lastly, as an epilogue, the wishes that people wrote and tied into a small bamboo tree were collected and was sent off into the evening sky via balloon propulsion.