It’s been three weeks in since the first day of school started here at UIUC. The chaotic frenzy of the first few weeks have started to settle as freshmen FINALLY learn when –and when not- to get on the bus, student organizations are no longer handing out flyers for their info meeting, and the fraternities/sororities are almost at end with rush week(s) - does it seem like rush week is longer than just a week to anyone else? But while the rest of the school is starting to get into their mundane routine for the semester, there is one place in particular that is just getting started. Right now, the Japan House is working hard to prepare for our first official event of the year – the Moon Viewing.
As a new intern at the Japan House, I didn’t know how the preparation and planning process was like. I mean how can you possibly schedule around twelve different agendas?! Besides the fact that all of us interns are taking classes at different times of the day, there are also other organizations that we’re involved in, friends that we have to meet up with, part time jobs that we have to work at that has to be considered. Not only that, certain necessary – albeit bothersome – factors has to be considered, such as sleeping and eating and studying. So when you mix all these different variables with a 9 to 5 day, it seems like we need a miracle for this to work (which Deity should I pray to?).
But luckily in this day and age, miracles come in the form of technology. With only a week to plan for this Thursday’s Moon Viewing – which coincides with the mid-autumn festival – we are heavily relying on e-mails, texts, and Facebook to plan this program so it can be its absolute best. It’s as if we’re all decorating our own piece of a jigsaw puzzle (working our own part during our free time), using only our little chats on Facebook, our shared documents on GoogleDocs, and our own ability to describe our vision to get our point across. Hopefully our end product will be a masterpiece and not a patchwork of different concepts.
We want this moon-viewing event to be a great one, a as way to kick off the semester. It will be the morale that pushes us forward as we work on other projects throughout the semester, the reminder that we can all work together and succeed when the going gets tough, the memory that makes us smile when we think of how many people were able to experience Japanese traditions. So if you want to see us do our best, then come to the Japan House Thursday Sept. 19th at 6PM. Take an hour out of your day (I know, it may seem impossible to do that, but look at your planner one more time) and explore the wonders the Japan House has to offer.