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release date:2006.07.25

Outstanding performance of "Kyushu University happi jacket" in Australia

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  In commemoration of the opening of the Kyushu University Ito Campus on October 1, 2005, various events with the theme of "Kyushu University Ito Campus Birth Year 2005" were held by Kyushu University, "Organization for Promotion Academic City by Kyushu University, and neighboring municipalities Kyushu University happi jackets were worn by all the staff that participated in the events. The happi jackets are drawing much attention again in an unexpected place.


It is Warranwood Primary School in Melbourne, Australia. During the Japanese drumming concert held on July 25, all the members of the primary school drumming team "Warrior Daiko" wore "Kyushu University happi jackets", and their performance was extremely well received. Their parents and local visitors were enchanted by the Japanese drumming, Kyushu University happi jackets, and of course the youthful and energetic performance of the primary school students.



 (Background)
Ms. Tanya Barlow learned Japanese drumming in Hakata Tsuya Daiko (represented by Ms. Miyuki Hirose), which performs Japanese drumming mainly in Fukuoka City, during her stay in Japan as a student. She later became a primary school teacher in her home country and now teaches Japanese and Japanese drumming.


Ms. Barlow consulted with Hakata Tsuya Daiko (represented by Ms. Miyuki Hirose) that she wanted her students to wear happi jackets but it was impossible to find them in Australia. Organization for Promotion Academic City by Kyushu University and Kyushu University learned this and offered the happi jackets that were used in the "Ito Campus Birth Year 2005" events.


Ms. Tanya Barlow commented, "We could introduce a wonderful Japanese culture. I am profoundly grateful for the cooperation of Kyushu University," and sent us a thank you letter from her students (lower photo).
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