Cherry Blossom festival honors Japanese tradition

International Student Organization treasurer Raja Jatmiko and secretary Justin Wang set up a snack table as they gather to celebrate the Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival at the Campus Center Wednesday. The club provided free tea, boba and dongo to enjoy while students made origami cherry blossoms.
International Student Organization treasurer Raja Jatmiko and secretary Justin Wang set up a snack table as they gather to celebrate the Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival at the Campus Center Wednesday. The club provided free tea, boba and dongo to enjoy while students made origami cherry blossoms. / photo by Nathan Driscoll

Joslyn Aguilar
Staff Writer

The International Student Organization kicked off cherry blossom season with a cherry blossom festival social Wednesday in the Abraham Campus Center.

About 20 students attended.

The cherry blossom is also known as the Japanese cherry, or sakura, and is the national flower for Japan. Cherry blossoms usually bloom from mid-March to early May. 

The event started off as a quick meeting update for the organization’s members. 

After welcoming a few new members to the organization and guests who came to the social gathering, each guest was given a goodie bag with Japanese candies, boba and more.

To educate students on the significance cherry blossoms hold, event coordinators gave a presentation with some facts including that about 3,000 cherry blossom trees have been given to Washington D.C. since 1912, where there is an annual Cherry Blossom Festival, to honor the friendship between the United States and Japan.

Other activities included a lesson in how to make cherry blossom origami.

Joslyn Aguilar can be reached at joslyn.aguilar@laverne.edu.

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Joslyn Aguilar, a junior communications major, is a staff writer for the Campus Times.

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Nathan Driscoll, a sophomore criminology major and photography minor, is a staff photographer for the Campus Times.

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