Bunka no hi – Japan Culture Day – arrives at the Buffalo History Museum. The annual event, dedicated to all things Japanese, as far as Buffalo is concerned, brings together artists and admirers to rejoice in the beauty, simplicity and history of Japanese culture.
The principles of the Annual Bunka no hi The celebrations are those that stem from Japan’s aspirations for peace and freedom. The day is set aside for recognizing people in the community who are making positive changes. It is also an opportunity to pay homage to the cultural traditions of the country, such as the making of origami and the drawing of calligraphy. Don’t be surprised to find traditionally dressed Japanese figures participating in ancient traditions at the Bunka no hi Festival.
Program for Bunka no Hi at the Buffalo History Museum:
- Presentations in the auditorium 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
- 12:35 pm Presentation of the architecture; I spy on Frank Lloyd Wright in Japan
- 1:00 p.m. Japanese Singing Group
- 1:10 p.m. Japanese folk dance; Odori no kai
- Large room – Variety of ongoing activities 1: 30-2: 45 – Bonsai, Bento, Tea, Language learning, Origami, Calligraphy, Cosplay
- Re-inauguration of the Japanese Stone Lantern 3:00 p.m. – In the Buffalo Japanese Garden (exterior)
Bunka no hi and the annual Buffalo Cherry Blossom Festival are two of the ways this city is able to recognize its sister city – Kanazawa, Japan. One of this city’s greatest cultural treasures – the Japanese Garden – was a gift from Kanazawa that was given to Buffalo in 1974. Since then, Herculean efforts have been made to maintain and protect the gardens. Last year, one of the iconic Japanese lanterns was vandalized, which was a very unfortunate circumstance. Fortunately, the lantern has since been restored. There will be a new dedication of the lantern to this year Bunka no Hi. The restoration was made possible thanks to funds raised during the Cherry Blossom Festival.
Japanese Culture Day, Bunka no Hi, will be celebrated on Sunday, November 15 at the Buffalo History Museum from 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Entrance to the History Museum is free for Bunka no Hi guests. The event is brought to you by Friends of the Japanese Garden and Buffalo Olmsted Parks Protection.