Bunka No Hi

Ja­panese Cul­ture Day in­cludes keiki ki­mono dress­ing, pic­ture tak­ing

Hawaii Tribune Herald - - COMMUNITY -

The Hilo-based Ja­panese Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion of Hawaii presents its bi­en­nial Ja­panese Cul­ture Day or, Bunka No Hi, fea­tur­ing cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties and dis­plays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 18 at Sangha Hall.

A short Omikoshi pa­rade at 9 a.m. on Ki­lauea Av­enue pre­cedes the event. For­mer Gov. Ge­orge Ariyoshi, along with his wife, Jean, will serve as grand mar­shal. Ariyoshi also will host a “talk story” as part of the day’s ac­tiv­i­ties.

A pop­u­lar at­trac­tion at Bunka No Hi is the Shichi-go-san — ki­mono dress­ing and pic­ture-tak­ing for girls ages 7 and 3, and boys age 5. Shichi-go-san (seven-five-three in Ja­panese) is a tra­di­tional rite of pas­sage and festival in Ja­pan cel­e­brat­ing the growth and well-be­ing of young chil­dren and usu­ally takes place the week­end clos­est to Nov. 15.

Ex­pe­ri­enced ki­mono dressers will dress the girls in beau­ti­ful ki­mono, obi and ac­ces­sories. Boys will be dressed in hakama, a tra­di­tional Ja­panese trouser. The fee is $40 for JCAH mem­bers, $50 for non­mem­bers, which in­cludes dress­ing, pho­tog­ra­phy ses­sion and two prints in a 4-by-6-inch com­mem­o­ra­tive dou­ble photo in a frame.

In­for­ma­tion and ap­pli­ca­tion forms are avail­able by call­ing the JCAH of­fice at 969-6437; via email at jc­a­hawaii@ya­hoo.com or on­line at www.jc­a­hawaii.org.

The non­profit Ja­panese Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion of Hawaii was formed 43 years ago to pro­mote and per­pet­u­ate the Ja­panese cul­ture and arts in East Hawaii and to foster in­ter­na­tional re­la­tion­ships with Ja­panese cit­i­zens and or­ga­ni­za­tions.

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