By: Rob Sperry
JASK Member: Franklin Precision Industries of Kentucky
The venue, the weather, the booths and entertainment,
everyone who attended would surely agree the 2nd annual
Japan-America Society of Tennessee (JAST) Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival was a blooming success. Held in the
courtyard of the Nashville Public Squre
with a splendid view of downtown, attendees of all ages enjoyed a celebration
of Japan in Tennessee.
Tables were lined around the plaza offering Japanese cuisine
from local restaurants, pop culture items, and travel brochures enticing locals
to visit the Land of the Rising Sun. Some of the locals took the opportunity to
wear a festive yukata or dress as their favorite cosplay character.
The stage performances began with a stirring Taiko drum
rendition by Kaminari Taiko all the way from Houston, TX.
Other acts throughout the day included traditional kimono clad dancers and
Mamiko(check) singing pop songs in English and Japanese. Of course, this being
Nashville, country music recording artist Rattlesnake Annie(one of the earliest
country artists to perform live in Japan) thrilled listeners with some of her home
grown hits. The highlight of the day on the stage was none other than Consul
General Hiroshi Sato displaying his multiple talents by performing on the
fiddle. It was announced that Consul General would also be performing at the
Grand Ole Opry. Now that’s cross-cultural attainment!
and all JAST members and volunteers can be proud of all the hard work they put
into this event. Events like this will continue to draw us together to
celebrate our different cultures and strengthen the bonds of friendship and
goodwill between Japan and
the United States.