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The 2011 World Festival at AP House – celebrating global culture at APU


Jun 23, 2011

On Saturday, June 11, 2011, the “2011 World Festival” was held at AP House. One of the biggest events on the AP House event calendar, the World Festival offers participating students and festival goers the chance to experience the sights, sounds and flavours of the many different cultures that have gathered at AP House.

Organized by AP House Residents Assistants (RAs)*, the festival saw each of the 32 different floors in AP House 1 & 2 divided into three sections with each section representing a different culture through various kinds of food, performance and display activities. The main stage event included band performances, a “Mr. & Miss. APU Contest”, and an “AP House’s Got Talent” show. The festival also invited local Beppu City instructors who offered lessons in Japanese calligraphy and Japanese paper-mosaic art.


In addition to the stage performances, one of the main events was the mock world record attempt to make the world’s longest “multicultural maki-sushi”. This challenge involved the creation of a 25 meter-long “Maki-sushi” filled with foods from the different countries and regions represented at AP House. Resident Assistant and “Maki-sushi” event representative, FUKAGAWA Kenzo (APM3, Japan) described the aim of the event, “We hope that this event has helped people to learn more about the different cultures around the world”. The event attracted around 100 participants who enjoyed both making and eating their creation.

RA and World Festival leader ITO Mariko (APS3, Japan), shared her experience of organizing this event: “We have been preparing World Festival for almost 3 months and the biggest lesson I learned from this experience is the importance of teamwork and just how hardworking are my team members are”. 

*Resident assistants, or RAs, are domestic and international students who, in collaboration with the university, reside at AP House with the aim of supporting the dormitory students in their daily lives. The role of the RA is to provide assistance to international students who have come to Japan for the first time to help them adapt to the Japanese lifestyle, assist them in getting used to dormitory life and encourage interaction between House residents.

Reporter, Student Press Assistant (SPA):ZHAO Ruixi (APM2, China)

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