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CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL: Adam Black '09 leads a Japanese song titled "Sakura" during the Cherry Blossom Festival April 29 in the Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies. In Japan, "Hanami" is the traditional custom of celebrating the beauty of cherry blossoms with food, song and parties. Some celebrate the event by taking walks near the trees and renewing their spirits.

Students, such as Elizabeth Goldgar '11, took turn reading poems during the festival, which was attended by more than 50 students from several majors. The students read poems in Japanese and translated them into English.
Chia-Wei "Wade" Hsu '10 enjoys reading a humorous poem written by another Wesleyan student.
Pictured left to right, Terry Kawashima, chair of the Asian Languages Department; Miri Nakamura, assistant professor of Asian languages and literatures, assistant professor of East Asian studies;and Etsuko Takahashi, adjunct assistant professor of Asian languages and literatures, adjunct assistant professor of East Asian Studies, applaud the student poets during the festival.
JJ DelSerra '08 performs on a shamisen, a three-stringed lute. (Photos by Olivia Bartlett)