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Japan Studies Student Leader’s 10th Annual Sakura Matsuri Festival at Willamette U. in #SalemOR – Sat. April 7th

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Japan Studies Student Leader’s Sakura Matsuri Festival

Saturday, April 7, 2018 | 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Putnam University Center | Cat Cavern

Sakura Matsuri is a festival held to welcome and celebrate the beautiful cherry blossoms.

Sakura (cherry blossoms) are entrenched in Japanese culture. The Japanese hold significance to the sakura as a representation of the ephemeral and transient nature of life.
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Every year, Japan Studies Student Leaders, with the help of many American Studies Program and Willamette University volunteers, hosts this festival filled with food, entertainment, and many cultural activities.

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10th Annual Sakura Matsuri at Willamette U. in #SalemOR – Sat. April 7th

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Japan Studies Student Leader’s Sakura Matsuri Festival

Saturday, April 7 2018 | 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Putnam University Center | Cat Cavern

Sakura Matsuri is a festival held to welcome and celebrate the beautiful cherry blossoms.

Sakura (cherry blossoms) are entrenched in Japanese culture. The Japanese hold
significance to the sakura as a representation of the ephemeral and transient nature of
life.

Every year, Japan Studies Student Leaders, with the help of many American Studies
Program and Willamette University volunteers, hosts this festival filled with food,
entertainment, and many cultural activities.

Qingming Festival – Chinese Blessing of the Shrine in #SalemOr – April 5th

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Chinese Blessing of the Shrine  

Thursday, April 5, 2018 | 10:00 AM

Salem Pioneer Cemetery

Salem had an active thriving Chinatown from the 1880s through the mid-1920s. While there are no remaining buildings from this period, in November 2017, we uncovered a Chinese Shrine within Salem’s Pioneer cemetery. We believe the Shrine was constructed in order to provide the Chinese a place to leave offerings for their family members as well as those who died and did not have any family here. Many Chinese who came to Salem were sojourners, here to work temporarily. The inscription on the Shrine’s marble tablet has been translated to mean ‘To the Tomb of an Unknown Friend’.

This day is set aside to clean the graves of Chinese ancestors and pay them homage.

Please join us on Thursday April 5, 2018 at 10:00am for a Chinese Blessing of the Shrine by the Buddhist Priest from Salem’s Mia Chung Temple in honor of the Chinese Qingming Festival.       

Parking is restricted, and not allowed within the cemetery, so please park along the north side of Hoyt St., near the southwest entrance of the Pioneer Cemetery. Volunteers will be available to guide you to the northern edge of the cemetery, where the Shrine is located.

Below are photos of several headstones that were found in the backyard of a resident living to the north of the Pioneer Cemetery. These stones have been graciously returned to the cemetery, and can be viewed, along with several artifacts from the Shrine and a brief history of Salem’s Chinese as part of the Willamette Heritage Center’s exhibit: Arrival: Stories of Migration, Immigration and Journeys in the Mid-Willamette Valley. This exhibit will be open through April 27, 2018.

If you are interested in attending our next Chinese Shrine Advisory Committee meeting, or have any Chinese artifacts, headstones or other information about Salem’s Chinese and would be willing to share, please contact Kimberli Fitzgerald at kfitzgerald@cityofsalem.net or 503 540-2397.

For more information about the Chinese Shrine project please visit our website at: https://www.cityofsalem.net/Pages/chinese-shrine-project.aspx

#SalemOR Winter Brewfest! – Jan. 31st to Feb. 3rd

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SALEM WINTER BREWFEST

Starts: Wednesday, January 31, 2018 | 4:00 PM
Ends: Saturday, February 3, 2018 | 11:00 PM

Oregon State Capitol

The Salem Winter Brewfest, Salem, Oregon’s premiere winter party, beautifully positioned across the street from the steps of Oregon’s State Capitol Building, is a 4-day festival for the 21 and over crowd, featuring live music, a huge variety of cold beers and ciders on tap, cocktails and yummy eats. Take shelter and enjoy the warmth inside our heated tent and bring your friends and family for a fun night in the city. Enjoy listening to unforgettable musical performances by some of the Northwest’s best talent.

More information and ticket information

Oregon State Capitol
900 Court St NE, Salem, OR 97301

Sold Out! #SalemOR Indus Diwali 2017

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INDUS invites you this year again to celebrate the festival of Lights! 

This is a family event and anyone can join us for an evening packed with Indian Dance, Music, Food and loads of fun! Early-Bird prices are available till Friday, October 20th only.

Sunday, October, 29th 2017 | 4:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Spinning Room, Willamette Heritage Center Salem

Address: 1313 Mill St SE, Salem, OR 97301

Parking Information: Parking will be available at no cost.

Ticket prices are – 
  • Adults – $20.00 each
  • Children (13 years and above) – $20.00 each
  • Children (5-12 years) – $15.00 each
  • Performers – only $10 each (contact board members for tickets)
What is Included?
  • Entry to the event.
  • Music, Dance performances and Other Cultural Activities.
  • Snacks, Tea and Authentic Indian Food for Dinner.
  • Free Parking at Willamette Heritage Center.
  • Unlimited Fun.
The tickets will be sold via PayPal (see below)Use the “Checkout” button to use your own credit card or Checkout with PayPal if you prefer using PayPal. If you cannot use either method, please contact INDUS Board Member and make arrangements for the tickets as soon as possible or email us at indusoregon@gmail.com All ticket sales are final. No refunds or exchanges allowed.

Mid-Autumn Festival at Willamette U. in #SalemOR – Sun. Oct. 8th

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October 8, 2017 | 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Willamette University | Ford Hall | Room: 102 — Kremer Board Room

Join the Chinese Taiwanese Culture Association in celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival with food, games, and prizes! Learn about this important traditional Chinese festival!

This event is Free and open to the public!

Willamette Event Page

Contact Information:
Eurydice Un
808-343-9522
ychen2@willamette.edu

#SalemOR Hemp Festival – Sat. Aug. 26th

Salem Hemp Festival

Saturday, August 26, 2017 | Noon to 10:00 PM

Sunday, August 27, 2017 | Noon to 6:00 PM

Location: Oregon State Capitol

Headline musicians:

Dru Down and Spice 1, 4:20 p.m. Saturday

Cost: Free (attendees are encouraged to bring canned food to donate)