In celebration of Philippine-Japanese Friendship Month, the Baguio Museum had been embellished with music, artworks, and decorations inspired by Japanese culture.
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.
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.
One can never have too much origami. And it never hurts to write a wish on these strips of paper called “Tanzaku”.
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.
Whether it’s anime, ink paintings, or even patterns, drawn digitally or traditionally, these works provide a diverse perspective on Japanese art.
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.