This weekend APU hosted its’ 10th annual Tenku festival. For two days, the school campus was filled with the extra curricular activities circles’ food stalls, performances in various fields, exhibitions and activities. Open campus brought many visitors from Beppu and maybe other cities to see, what else than studying this mountain beholds.
There were many activities, such as chemistry lab for kids, movie screenings, calligraphy exhibition and a lot more. Besides the interesting and talented performances, to most people Tenku was all about the food. There was a lot of different kinds of treats, and the students were really persistent on their selling.
Since the prices were from 100 yen to no more than 400 or 500yen per portion, people could afford to go from stall to another to taste different foods from around the world.
Even though it rained on Saturday, I think everyone enjoyed the festival and thought it was a success. On Sunday, the outdoor stage was popular and had performances one after another.
Tenku festival was probably something the circles have been waiting for a long time, I can imagine the countless hours of practicing, planning and organizing the selling. I bet most of the people involved are happy that the festival is over – I wish we could have something similar more often! There was so many things I didn’t get to try yet, and so many great things I probably missed. Several people wanted to have pictures with me, it doesn’t stop surprising and amusing me! I wonder, if all the festivals in Japan are similar to ours.
Exactly a week ago I finally got in to the AP house, tired of travelling and sleep deprived, too. What a week it has been, every day filled with new things, events, people and information!
Today we had AP House welcoming ceremony for all the new residents (I think there is over 1000 of us). First in the Millenium Hall, there was few speeches and an entertaining video about the AP House rules. After that, we went to the cafeteria to enjoy a buffet and performances by Yossha-Koi dance circle and the Japanese drum circle.
The RA (Resident assistants, two students on each floor who are responsible for, well, almost everything) had prepared many dance performances for us, all of which were surprisingly well practiced! In Finland, there is no way you’d see guys dance (6 dance routines in a row) – specially if the dance includes feminine or otherwise sexually charged moves. Vive les cultural differences!
Today was the first time I ate pizza with chopsticks! The menu was international, like the residents in AP houses. We were truly welcomed to the house, and even though I’ve been here a week learning all the manners and everyday life, this event made the house seem even warmer and friendly, if possible.