Japan Culture Day

Over $3,600 were raised and all proceeds were sent to the U.S.-Japan Consulate in order to be sent directly to relief aid in Japan.

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(Left to Right) JET Alumni Association President, Bahia Simons-Lane, and a volunteer at the "garage sale," which sold various donated Japanese cultural and anime-related products.

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Informational and educational posters were scattered around the event to give a better understanding of the tragic events that took place and how to help.

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Original artwork, like this one by George Moss, and other valuable prizes were up for raffle at the Japan Culture Day and were announced towards the end of the event.

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Asian Studies undergraduate students, (Left to Right) Gabriella Livoti and Kat Ankrum, matched the festive atmosphere in traditional Japanese kimono.

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Asian Studies alumni and undergraduate and graduate students, (Left to Right) Julie Ayo, Jennifer Garcia, Yesenia Abdelfattah, and Paola Torres, volunteering at the admissions table for the event.

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(Left to Right) Asian Studies Associate Professor Dr. Matthew Marr, Japanese Language Instructor Naoko Komura, and FIU Japan Club President Mary Myers at the Japan Culture Day.

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FIU Japan Club's "para para" dancers were one of several Japanese culture related performances at the event.

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(Left to Right) Asian Studies T.A., Jennifer Garcia, and Asian Studies M.A. Alumni and Adult Education Program Coordinator at the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, Wendy Lo, were enthusiastic about Japan relief by donating items to sell and helping organize the event.

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Asian Studies undergraduate student, Luis Fonteboa, enjoying the festivities.

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(Left to Right) Asian Studies Alumni, Paola Torres and Association of Florida Japanese Teachers (AFTJ) member.

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(Left to Right) Asian Studies Professor Dr. Eric Messersmith, a Japanese martial arts enthusiast, performed in the Kendo demonstration led by Frank Nieves and is pictured here with Asian Studies T.A., Jennifer Garcia.

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Asian Studies program assistant and undergraduate student, Jennylee Diaz, with her raffle item prize, a color print of a geisha donated by the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens.

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Masafumi Yoshinaga expressed his happiness in seeing with the effort given for Japan relief. Here he is at one of the several activity booths creating Japanese origami.

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Koto performance by Japanese musicians.

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Kendo demonstration by the Kendo Club.