by Sarah Bainbridge
As far as fundraisers go, the Bunkasai Festival has a bit more culture and fun than your average donation station. This festival is put on by the Japanese Honor Society (JNHS) clubs from both LGHS and Cupertino High School and celebrates Japanese culture as well as raises money for typhoon relief in the Philippines. Two years ago, Cupertino High School put on the Bunkasai Festival and raised 5,000 dollars for tsunami relief in Japan.
The festival may be put on by the JNHS, but all clubs are welcome to participate in a Japanese-themed activity or booth at the festival. The Los Gatos Anime Club will be providing a projector for viewing anime, and the Cupertino Gay Straight Alliance will be teaching origami. Along with these booths, the JNHS will have a haunted house (Japanese-style of course), a maid cafe where the servers are dressed in costume, and performances and movies throughout the day.
The festival will be hosted at Cupertino High in the quad and cafeteria on March 8 from 2 to 6 PM, and any students who wish to receive service hours can help out during the festival setting up booths and cleaning up afterwards. Bunkasai is a service festival to benefit both Bay Area students and the Philippines, and celebrates Japanese culture in a fun way.