Start Semester: Fall
Total UNO Students: 100
Start Academic Year: 2021-22
UNO Student Hours: 1,600
Total K-12 Students: 5
End Academic Year:
K-12 Student Hours: 80
Total Number of Other Participants:
Omaha Sister Cities works with Lauritzen Gardens and UNO's student organization Friends of Japan in an annual fall event. Friends of Japan UNO students volunteer for two days to support the event and provide cultural experience for the community.
The Fall 2021 collaboration displayed lanterns in the fall chrysanthemum display at Lauritzen Gardens. They are part of a collection of 24 stone lanterns that were formerly displayed in several gardens in the sister city, Shizuoka, Japan. Some are more than 75 years old and were gifted to the people of Omaha.
Lanterns became part of Japanese architectural ornamentation about 1,400 years ago, where they first associated with Buddhist templates and pagodas. Cultural activities were also part of the festival including calligraphy, origami, samurai helmet making, chopstick game, traditional games and toys, tea tasting, Kyudo archery demonstrations, paper arts workshops, Japanese music and drummers, martial arts, and more.