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On Tuesday, January 21, 25 residents of Hachinohe City in northern Japan will perform Emburi, their regional New Year festival parade, at Colby College. The performance will take place at 6 p.m. in Dana Dining Hall on the Waterville campus. The event is open to the public and an admission charge of $7 includes dinner at Dana Dining Hall.
The 25 performers range in age from 11 to 60. Emburi originated with peasants who, wishing for a good harvest in the coming spring danced with agricultural implements. It includes three types of dances–the slow naga emburi, the quick doosai emburi and children’s enko enko. In 1979 Emburi was designated a Japanese national treasure.
The event is sponsored by the East Asian Studies Department and the Freeman Foundation.