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Japanese Club to Hold Fan Painting Event


Lowery painted a couple of animated characters from Japan’s Studio Ghibli on this fan, as well as “友達”, which means “friends.” Photo courtesy of Josephine Lowery.

The Japanese Club will be holding a virtual event on June 18 from 2 to 4 p.m. that will teach attendees how to paint Japanese words on paper folding fans. 

Known as sensu in Japanese, these paper fans are made with a wood or bamboo frame and fold up like an accordion. Club advisor and Japanese professor Nami Inoue will be teaching attendees how to write various Japanese words in Kanji, which they can then paint on their fans. Kanji are the adapted Chinese characters that are used in the Japanese writing system.

Lowery painted koi fish on this fan, along with “旅”, which means “journey.” Photo courtesy of Josephine Lowery.

Japanese Club President Josephine Lowery was inspired to hold this event at Clark by her own trip to Japan two years ago through Clark’s World Languages Abroad program. A college in Japan that she visited had the same activity and the fan that she painted is a souvenir from that memorable trip.

“I thought the club would really enjoy it since we haven’t gotten to do many art activities, especially since everyone’s at home,” Lowery said. “I was able to find watercolor sets and blank fans on Amazon and it seemed like a great activity to introduce to the club.”

This event is available to all Clark students and participants will be sent a set of 12 paints and a blank fan to decorate. 

To sign up for the event and receive the supplies needed for the activity, send your name and mailing address to Japanclub.clark@gmail.com

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