SYK Youth Part 4: Cherry Blossom Festival

Week 4- Cherry Blossom Festival

SYK Youth Dance Group,
Wynonna Ardiansyah,
Twin Cities, MN
Part 4

Hello from SYK youth! This week we’re jam-packed with performances and fun activities! This post will focus more on the Cherry Blossom Festival while next week’s will talk about kite activities and our private performance on Monday night.

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Our group in the parking lot getting ready to head over to the Cherry Blossom Festival.

Our group got all dressed and prepped at the stockroom really early in the morning, at about 8 am. Still, everyone was awake and busy helping everyone each other out. We then drove out in cars and vans to the Cherry Blossom Festival, all in record time!

It was a lovely day to plant cherry blossom trees with the sun shining and the breeze all nice and cool. The St. Paul-Nagasaki Sister City Committee (SPNSCC) commemorated a couple of cherry blossom trees and a couple of our group members were able to join in on the planting action. There were also performances by the Junshin Ladies’ Peace Singers, the local Taiko drum group and a sweet message by the two guests of honor: Seikoo and Akiko Nakamura, both accomplished kite flyers from Nagasaki!

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Posing for the camera after a successful performance!

We performed our dance and the audience seemed to enjoy it a lot! For many in our dance group it was their first time performing with us. Some of us were a bit nervous before the performance but afterwards, we agreed that it was a lot of fun.

The breeze picked up after we performed and we all had a chance to play, run around and just have fun. It was actually even more fun to do all this in our kimonos and happi coats.

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We tried out Hata kite flying with Seikoo Nakamura (left) and Akiko Nakamura (center). This set had 60 kites to celebrate the 60th anniversary of St. Paul and Nagasaki as sister cities.

The best part of the whole thing though? Kite flying. I said before that it was a lovely day for a festival. Well, it was an even lovelier day to fly kites! We got to try out Seikoo and Akiko Nakamura’s massive kites! Not massive as in large, but massive as in really, really long. They flew two types of kites in commemoration of the 60th anniversary celebrations. One was a set of 60 alternating kites patterned with the the Japanese and American flag while the other was a set of more than 100 rainbow kites.

We had a lot of fun!

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