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Published on May 17, 2011
Japanese exchange students and Japanese language program students perform the traditional Yosakoi dance for the University of Findlay's 2011 International Night.
So this was my university's performance I've been promising to upload... for almost two months. xD It took me a long time to get it from my friend (the one speaking in the background with the camera) and then my laptop screwed up... but that's a story for an upcoming vlog. xD
Anyway, some notes:
-I'm the American one in blue, in the second row to the left. -I'm the one who gets to sumo fight the boy (the boy is the speaker at the beginning). :D -My victory was narrowly missed. :( -The boy (Shou, as my friend calls him) worked really hard on his speech, so please forgive the small English mistakes. :D I tried to write out what he said as best as I could. -What he is basically thanking the audience for: after the earthquake/tsunami disaster in Japan, our university raised money for the Red Cross, and we also made 2,000 origami cranes (Google Senbazuru for more info) to send to one of our affiliated universities that was damaged. Many students helped by making one or two cranes at a table we had set up, even if they needed a little bit of help to make them. :) -What Shou shouts before the dance: Something like "Kamai!" (I'm not quite sure...), and it just means that everyone should get into formation. -We all made a few timing mistakes, but please look past those to realize that we put many weeks of hard work into getting this performance together and we really did a great job together!
In our performance, we also did a bon odori dance with the audience and had some children from our Japanese language club sing songs. I'll put and other extras into a video soon. :D