Wedging a celebration of the rich history of Japan into the confines of the Basque Center might seem odd on paper. But with the amount of culture the Idaho Japanese Association plans to cram into the space Friday, May 18, visitors to the fifth-annual Idaho Japan Day celebration won't notice the culture clash.
With martial arts like judo, music like traditional Taiko drums and arts ranging from calligraphy to bonsai, patrons will feel like they're rubbing elbows with the shogunate in the former Japanese capital city of Edo, which we now know as Tokyo.
Japanese bento boxes will be available for purchase. Sono Bana Sushi will offer a California roll or vegetarian roll bento, while Shige Japanese Cuisine will offer a chicken-and-prawn makunouchi bento box.
With the consulate-general of Japan in Portland, Ore., pitching in to make the event possible, Boiseans are invited to two separate events to learn more about the country's history and people.
From 1:30-4 p.m. at the Sage International Middle School, attendees can watch screenings of Japanese films, including the documentary Setting Sail from the Ruins, a film about a fisherman struggling to return to prosperity after the Great East Japan Earthquake. The popular film Eclair will also be shown, which follows the life of Akio, who, in 1943, is sent to reform school after sweets-stealing delinquency.
Following the screenings, martial arts, music and art take center stage.