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In celebration of Philippine-Japanese Friendship Month, the Baguio Museum had been embellished with music, artworks, and decorations inspired by Japanese culture.

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The Tanabata Festival is a tribute to Date Masamune, a Japanese explorer who traversed the Sea of Tanabata on the Galleon San Juan Bautista on a mission to the Philippines.

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Not only did we get a little history lesson from the event, we also picked up a few japanese words, like “Fukinagashi” which are extravagant Japanese streamers.

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One can never have too much origami. And it never hurts to write a wish on these strips of paper called “Tanzaku”.

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We also enjoyed the myriad of art pieces, contributed by the Fine Arts students of UP Baguio, JANL, Abong/Fil-Am Foundation, Bag-iw Art Society, Anime HQ, and the Baguio Cosplay Community.

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Whether it’s anime, ink paintings, or even patterns, drawn digitally or traditionally, these works provide a diverse perspective on Japanese art.

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It just goes to show that one of the things that we and the Japanese have in common is love for our diversity in culture and art.

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