left : summer festival food stalls
right: Ghibli Room with Totoro secret tunnel, NoFace Sootball toss game + Mei photo op
Had an awesome time today at the Showa University Culture Fest in Chestnut Hill. Alexa and I played lots of games (like a Year of the Cow milk-tossing one which was awesome) and met lots of great people.
Showa Boston is a women's university campus for students at Showa Tokyo to come and spend 10 days, a semester, or a year and a half to study English and soak up New England. The festival was something they spent lots of time and effort on - and it really showed!
Each classroom was dedicated to a different thing about Japan and Japanese culture; elaborately decorated and colorful.
School Life, Akihabara & Geek Culture, Ikebana, Fortune-telling, Horror Movies (They had an AMAZING sculpture of the girl from the RING creeping out of a huge TV!) Summer Festivals, Changing Seasons, Shibuya Centre + a Studio Ghibli Room
I met my friends Aiko & Yuriko through Showa, and hope to spend some time there again soon.
I wish American high schools did these elaborate festivals the way Japanese students do all the time; they create such a great sense of community and team work.