Clark College Sakura Festival April 13


On Thursday, April 13, Clark College’s 2017 Sakura Festival will honor the historic ties of friendship between the sister-cities of Vancouver, Washington, and Joyo, Japan. The festival begins at 1 p.m. with the unveiling of a “peace pole” near the Frost Arts Building on the college’s main campus. The peace pole, which is sponsored by Vancouver Rotary, will bear the message “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in six different languages.

The unveiling is followed by opening remarks near the Royce E. Pollard Japanese Friendship Garden, which is located next to the Beacock Music Hall on Clark’s main campus. (In the event of inclement weather the ceremony will be held in Gaiser Student Center.) The opening ceremony will include a koto performance by Yukiko Vossen and a performance by the Clark College Women’s Choral Ensemble.

From 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., the Sakura celebration will continue in the Gaiser Student Center, where guests will enjoy family-friendly cultural activities including dance performances by the Clark College Japanese Cultural Club and the Japanese dance ensemble Dance Leo, a greeting from the children in the college’s Child & Family Studies program, and a performance by members of the Takohachi Drum Group. Cookies and tea will be served. Information about the Sakura Ceremony is available at