Please join JASM's first online event of 2023 on Thursday, January 26th, at 6:00 pm (CT). Aiko Hatano, Japan Outreach Initiative (JOI) Coordinator based at Mayville State University (and JASM’s Program assistant) will share Japanese New Year traditions and demonstrate Hanachozu flower arranging.
Aiko Hatano is from Kanagawa, Japan. She has been dispatched as a JOI Coordinator in North Dakota since the summer of 2021. She has been working with JASM part-time remotely since January 2022. The JOI Program is funded by the Japan Foundation to promote understanding of Japanese culture in the regions which have relatively few Japanese resources. There is no school having in-person Japanese classes nor a Japan America Society in North Dakota yet, but Aiko is hoping to be a pioneer to encourage Japanese cultural awareness in ND through learning through JASM's events.
Hanachozu is a type of floral decoration created by floating flowers on the surface of the water in a chozu(a basin with dippers). You may find them at temples or shrines in Japan. This is an easy style of flower arrangement you can try at home. Aiko will demonstrate. You are welcome to prepare a bowl (the size doesn't matter), your favorite flowers, scissors, and water to create your own display together with Aiko!
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