ELI Students Join Tuscaloosa’s Sakura Festival
Japanese students from the English Language Institute (ELI) at The University of Alabama joined the Tuscaloosa Sister Cities 37th annual Sakura (Cherry Blossom) Festival this spring.
The students led activities highlighting Japanese culture, such as writing names in Japanese, origami demonstrations, traditional dancing, and “fishing” for toys with children.
The ELI students from Japan enjoyed the festivities and said that they enjoyed interacting with the children most of all.
The Sakura Festival is held in Tuscaloosa each year to celebrate the return of spring and Japanese culture.