Hilo’s Japanese Community Association of Hawaii will hold its biennial Japanese Culture Day, or “Bunka No Hi,” on Saturday, Nov. 18, at the Sangha Hall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This year’s theme is “Okage Sama De,” the Japanese phrase meaning, “I am what I am because of you.” Admission to the event is free.

The festivities will begin with a short Omikoshi parade at 9 a.m. The parade will start at the Aupuni Center on Kilauea Avenue and end at Sangha Hall. The mikoshi is a portable shrine that is carried at many festivals in Japan.

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