Annual Japanese festival is a hit with students

31 January 2019

Bunkasai Japanese Cultural Festival returns for fifth year

Students from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) have been sharing everything they love about Japan at an annual celebratory event known as the Bunkasai Japanese Cultural Festival.

It is the fifth year the Japanese Society (J-Soc) and UCLan’s Japanese department have put on the day-long event to show off their knowledge of the country’s culture, food and language. Highlights included a Tenugui textile art exhibition, charity tea ceremony, calligraphy workshops, cos-play stands, kimono dressing and advice stalls on opportunities to study and travel in Japan.

J-Soc President Lewis Cox said: “It’s a fantastic event that draws in people from all over the University who may not know much about Japan. We find most people have some idea of Japanese pop-culture and our event acts as a gateway to providing a deeper understanding of the county’s culture and traditions.”

The event reflects an increase in the popularity of courses at UCLan related to the Far East including Japanese, Korean and Asian Pacific Studies. Currently, there are more than 300 students studying Japanese, with many learning the language alongside (TESOL) Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.

Takako Amano, Senior Lecturer in Japanese of School of Language and Global Studies, led the students in organising the event.

She said: “We are very proud of our Bunkasai Japanese Cultural Festival, which has become a popular annual fixture in the University’s calendar and hosts literally hundreds of participants. UCLan boasts one of the UK’s biggest Japanese departments and study abroad programmes in Japan with the largest number of partner institutions for student exchanges so it’s certainly an exciting time to be involved in Japanese studies at the University.

"As you can see from the Bunkasai, UCLan has very active student community interested in Japan. We welcome more students and members of the public to attend many of our events and study with us so that we can share our passion.”

Images from the event are available on the UCLan Flickr gallery.