The U.P. Philippines-Japan Friendship Club, also known as U.P.
Tomo-Kai, is a duly recognized socio-cultural organization in the
University of the Philippines, Diliman. It has been our
responsibility to uphold our cultural heritage and contribute in the
best we can in fostering goodwill among nations through better
understanding of our cultural diversity from which the essence of our
As U.P. Tomo-Kai embarks on yet another year, we will be celebrating
our 15th anniversary with the theme "JUUGOSAI: Tomo-Kai Blooming in
July". As we expand our horizon, U.P. Tomo-Kai will grow further as
an organization and bloom like the cherry blossoms, which represent
the passage from the old season to a new beginning full of hope.
On this occasion, we would like to invite you to join us in the
activities we have prepared for our anniversary celebration this year
on July 7 and on July 11-16, 2005. We will be having an Open
Tambayan, an Interactive Cultural Exhibit, a Kakanin and Ramen-Eating
Contest, a Kissaten and a Cultural Night.
We hope you could join us in the success of this celebration.
Contact persons: Jengga 0927-8717039, Allen 0915-3707016
JUUGOSAI: Tomo-Kai Blooming in July
Sponsored by SAISAKI, KATIALIS, OICA (Office of Initiatives for
Culture and the Arts), and TOYOTA
Open Tambayan (U.P. Tomo-Kai Tambayan) -- 3:00pm
This year marks what we hope to become one of the organization's
traditions in the future, an event called, "Otanjoubi Omedetou, TK!"
or in Filipino, "Maligayang Kaarawan, TK!". Coinciding with the
Japanese Tanabata Festival, there will be a Tanabata tree where
people's wishes could be hung. Philippine games like Pukpok Palayok
and Hanapin ang Piso as well as Japanese games like Go, Saisho no
Janpu, and Paper Plane Ball would be played and popular delicacies
from each country such as sapin-sapin and maki sushi will be served.
Opening Ceremonies (AS Lobby 1st floor) -- 12:00- 4:00pm
Interactive Cultural Exhibit (AS Lobby 1st floor)
Booths on ikebana (flower arrangement), origami (paper folding),
kitsuke (kimono wearing), shoudou (calligraphy), and sadou (tea
ceremony) will feature some of the most essential aspects of Japanese
culture. At the same time, an alibata booth and native musical
instruments from UP Kontra-Gapi will showcase our own Philippine
heritage. Demonstrations of Kendo and Arnis would display skill and
energy to open the festivities with a bang.
Kakanin and Ramen-Eating Contest (Roces Ave.) -- 4:00-6:00pm
Teams of 6 members each will be gobbling on puto, kutsinta and biko
and slurping down ramen as fast as they can in this frantic eating
contest. Filipino and Japanese students alike would be accepted to
enter to mix things up and make the competition even fiercer. 3000
pesos worth of gift certificates from Saisaki awaits the winning team!
Kissaten: Tomo-Kai Tea House (AS Lobby 1st floor) -- 1:00-4:00pm
A traditional Japanese-inspired living room with mats, throw pillows,
and a Japanese low table would welcome all who wish to relax their
minds and bodies. Free ocha (Japanese tea) would be served and
Japanese novels and manga (comics) would be available for everyone's
Cultural Night (Dalisay Aldaba Hall) -- 7:00-10:00pm
This is it! The culmination of Tomo-Kai's anniversary celebration
happens on this Cultural Night. This would be a grand artistic night
of music, dance, and laughter. Cultural performances from UP
Kontra-Gapi, UP Social Dance Club, UP Rep, UP Dance Company, Japanese
exchange students, FILIPICA (Firipin ni Manabu Kai), and others make
this a Philippine-Japanese cultural tour de force. This would
definitely be a night to remember!