One’s childhood is often remembered as a time of carefree bliss and excitement, a fragile season of high hopes for days of endless summer. UP Philippines-Japan Friendship Club, also known as UP Tomo-Kai, wishes to bring this tender nostalgia to all in a series of celebrations designed to bring out the childlike wonder in everyone. It is a season to remind us of how confidently we looked towards the future as children, and to enlighten us on how optimistically we may look towards the future now.
This July 2013, UP Tomo-Kai will once again hold its anniversary celebration entitled “Owaranai Natsu 「終わらない夏」: A Season of Bliss”. Owaranai natsu literally means “endless summer”. Our line-up of events are as follows:
1. Land of Rice and Sun
The warmly-received Filipino-Japanese anniversary food fair returns for its second year with the theme, “Land of Rice and Sun: The Second Sunrise“. The one-week long event will feature mouthwatering local and foreign delicacies, including much-loved comfort food from the Philippines and popular, healthful dishes from Japan.
July 23-26: AS Parking Lot
Relax and chat with friends over a cup of kapeng barako and tea as bands play Japanese and Filipino songs in this event. With free admission, unlimited drinks, and media coverage by NHK World’s J-Melo, “AcousTKafe: A Summer Crescendo” is not something that should be missed.
July 19, 1-4PM: Palma Hall Rm. 400
The last and the grandest event to cap off UP Tomo-Kai’s anniversary, “Kokonatsu: A Festival of Food, Fun and Friendship” is composed of two parts: Interactive Exhibit and Matsuri. Through the two, one will be able to experience Japanese and Filipino culture.
Interactive Exhibit: July 26, 12-3 PM; Palma Hall Rm. 400
Matsuri: July 26, 6-10PM; Kamia Parking Lot