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April 30: College of Lake County hosts Japan Day Celebration

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Explore the culture and current events of Japan at the College of Lake County's Japan Day event, being held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 30 at the CLC Grayslake campus. The demonstrations, presentations and lunch are free and open to the public.

11-11:45 a.m.: Emily Toelcke from the Japan Information Center at the Japan Consulate in Chicago will discuss "Japan Today after March 2011 Tsunami," "Japanese Pop Culture" and "Benefits of Learning Japanese in Today's World."

11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.: Austin Gilkeson from the Japan Information Center at the Japan Consulate in Chicago will demonstrate Kendo (Japanese fencing).

1-1:45 p.m. Cha-no-yu (Japanese Tea Ceremony). Yumiko Ormsby and Toshiko Uehara will present Cha-no-yu, the tea ceremony that has been part of Japanese culture for over five centuries.

2-2:45 p.m.: Hitomi Hirunuma, who was a radio personality and TV co-host in Japan before coming to the U.S., will give a Japanese calligraphy presentation.

3-3:45 p.m. Toshiko Kolback and Miho Itoh of the Sogetsu School will give a floral demonstration and make a traditional Japanese arrangement and a modern one.

All events will take place in Room C005 (C Wing Auditorium). Japan Day is being sponsored by the Communication Arts, Humanities and Fine Arts division. For more information, contact Maria Manterola at or (847) 543-2291.