Last Sunday, on the 24th of July, I had the honour of visiting my favourite country in the world, with no monetary expense and without a passport or visa. How? Simple. I just visited MMU’s Japanese Language Society’s annual Japanese Culture Festival. The theme for this year was Kaze To Hikari, which roughly translated means Wind and Light. Director Ethan and gang had really transformed the Exam Hall into a mini Japan.
There were Japanese food stalls that sold Japanese food such as Sakae Sushi and Takoyaki, and game booths outside the Exam Hall. Inside, there was a photobooth where you can take pictures with the kawaii (meaning cute in Japanese) cosplayers, as well as many others. In the extension Exam Hall, you have the option of admiring the Japanese cultural props, trying on a yukata (Japanese traditional costume) or taking a picture with a life-sized image of Totoro. You could even do all three!
As for the events, the VIPs were welcomed by emcees Aaron Lim and Anusha Rym (who were rocking the yukatas, might I add). Their arrival kicked off the show. The first performance was the 24 seasonal drums, or yi-xin-zheng-qi drums which was quite phenomenal. The Judo performance by MMU’s very own judo club members captured the crowd’s attention as for the finale of their performance, the guys got judo-flipped by a girl! Next up was the eye-popping J-Pop dance by JBY, followed by the talented Sum siblings’ beautiful combination of ballad and rap among other performances. The committee surprised the audience with a dance number. There were also lucky draws in between the performances.
Yuki Nishimaki and Hikari Shimizu, Japanese exchange students who were present among the audience said that they were delighted to see us Malaysians embracing their culture.
In conclusion, the event was a grand affair. I personally enjoyed it, especially looking at the cosplayers, thinking to myself “Notice me, senpai!”. I was half-expecting Naruto to show up with Goku. Oh well! There’s always next year.
By Anushiya Kesavan