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Bunkasai

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Transcript of Bunkasai

Bunkasai
from the monologues of Jason Jin
Bunkasai, or Culture Festival, is an event that is held within most schools across Japan. It is annually held during the season of Fall, around Nov 3. It can last from a day to a week.
During bunkasai, students will work together to make class-projects, or run a food booth.
The entire school participates, canceling classes to attend the festival.
The event is very fun, interesting, and gives the students, as well as the staff, an enjoyment after all the studying.
Bunkasai is held to help the students in having a time to enjoy while still being in the place of study, school. Provides enjoyment in learning.
Bunkasai is believed to be first applied in 1958. During this time, the curriculum mentions special activities, which are thought lead to the bunkasai now.
Bunkasai is secular, so that it may be enjoyed by all the students, without religious conflict.
The event is more for the students to enjoy living as well as being able to learn, but teachers may join and as well as visitors to see how the school's Bunkasai is.
Bunkasai, depending on the school, may include class-projects such as cafes, haunted houses, or food booths. The class-projects are the 1st and 2nd year students, while the food booths are 3rd year students.
Specific elements may be dependent upon the school as well; however, some of the same elements included in most schools are : enjoying the event while also knowing learning is to be done, getting teacher and/or seitokai approval, and working together to have an enjoyable and well-organized festival.
If allowed, floats may be presented to visitors that head towards the track field; however, floats may be too ostentatious to be used for a school festival.
People involved with managing this are mainly the students, but teachers and seitokai supervise activities and approve of certain props or ideas that students may have for their projects.
The students create the elements of the festival by simply working together to create all the props and costumes used, decorate the school and classrooms to go with the themes of the projects, assist one another with tasks, as well as show the visitors the attractions.
Each school, most likely, has a musical presentation by the band and any other musical clubs, a play by the drama club, and any other presentations from other clubs that may like to.
Masks could be worn for a part in the Haunted House(s), or purely for cosplay/play reasons. It is all up to the students for ways to incorporate masks into the festival.
Any form of art may be presented by art clubs, science clubs, robotics clubs, etc. to show how the club is and what they can do.
Any props used is just a prop, though time and effort were put into it, it is used for the festival only; however, it could be kept and used later, or just kept to reflect upon the memories of the bunkasai.
Vocab
1)bunkasai - Culture Festival
2) seitokai - Student Council
3) KURABU - club, shortened down to just "bu" at times
4) takoyaki - fried, ball-shaped snacks with octopus inside
5) yakisoba - fried noodles
6) okonomiyaki - a type of "grill-your-own" food; people make with raw ingredients and special spatula.
7) ongakubu - music club
8) kagakubu - science club
9) KAFE / kissaten - cafe
10) obakeyashiki - haunted house
11) KUREEPUya - crepe shop
12) KOSUPUREE - cosplay
13) kendobu - kendo club
14) kangei GEETO - welcoming gate
15) irasshaimase~ - welcome~, more of a greeting
16) BUUSU - booth, SUTOORU - stall
17) shumatsu - weekend
18) tanoshii - is fun
19) yada - I don't like to or I don't want to (rough translation)
20) hajime/owari - to begin/end
Entrance Gate
Demonstration of Tai Kwon Do Club
Busy stalls outside
Food, games, cosplay,figurines : bunkasai
Only certain people at bunkasai
Cosplay of Kamen Rider for a (possible) play
Work Cited
Caithion. "Bunkasai." TakaWiki :. TikiWiki CMS/Groupware, 18 Feb. 2010. Web. 09 Apr. 2014. <http://www.takarazuka-revue.info/tiki-index.php?page=bunkasai>.
"Cultural Festival (Japan)." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 04 Aug. 2014. Web. 08 Apr. 2014. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cultural_festival_%28Japan%29>.
"Japanese Cultural Learning Blog." - 文化祭(Bunkasai). N.p., 16 Nov. 2008. Web. 09 Apr. 2014. <http://japaneseatdrake.edublogs.org/2008/11/16/%E6%96%87%E5%8C%96%E7%A5%AD%EF%BC%88bunkasai/>.
Kodai. "Year 3 Writing Class with Mr. Gdula: A Beginner's Guide to the Bunkasai." Year 3 Writing Class with Mr. Gdula: A Beginner's Guide to the Bunkasai. Mr. Gdula, 17 Nov. 2012. Web. 09 Apr. 2014. <http://kodsueyoshi29.blogspot.com/2012/11/a-beginners-guide-to-bunkasai.html>.
Lary, Casey. "Bunkasai: Japanese School Festival. Shout with Joy!" Travel Blogs, Photos, Videos and Maps. N.p., 8 Aug. 2006. Web. 09 Apr. 2014. <http://www.travelblog.org/Asia/Japan/Hiroshima/blog-79912.html>.
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