ASP Students Volunteer at World Beat Festival

altSalem's multi-cultural festival, World Beat, was held on June 25-26 at Salem's Riverfront Park.  Together with the Japan Cultural Society, many students in the American Studies Program volunteered by working at the JCS booth and by performing Soranbushi and Bon Dances.  World Beat is a two-day celebration of international cultural heritage, 125 performances, 100 vendors and exhibitors, dance, music, theater, kids' activities, and much more.  This was the 14th annual World Beat Festival and Dragon Boat Races.  To see photos from the Festival and the performances, click here.


Japan Relief Effort

Click "read more" to find out about the efforts by friends and alums of TIUA and Willamette to assist students at Tokyo International University because of the earthquake and tsunami disaster.  You can also donate to the TIU Student Relief Fund through Paypal or directly.


150 Attend Tomodachi Potluck

altOn Sunday, June 12, the first group event of this year's Tomodachi Program was held.  It was a potluck.  About 150 students and family members attended.  In addition to the yakisoba, there were yummy casseroles, side dishes and desserts.  There was also an Onigiri table where participants could learn to make their own onigiri (rice balls).  There were a variety of fillings to choose, as well as choices for the outside of your onigiri.

Another activity was Suikawari, or watermelon splitting.  It is a traditional Japanese game that involves splitting a watermelon with a stick while blindfolded.  Played in the summertime, suikawari is most often seen at beaches, but also occurs at festivals, picnics, and other summer events.  The rules are similar to pinata.  A watermelon is laid out and participants one by one attempt to smash it open.  Each is blindfolded, spun around three times, and handed a wood stick, or bokken, to strike with.  The first to crack the watermelon open wins.  Afterwards, the chunks of watermelon produced are shared among participants.


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