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New Meetup: JapanFest 2010

From: Dave G
Sent on: Saturday, August 14, 2010 6:53 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for 35UP!!

What: JapanFest 2010

When: Sunday, September 19,[masked]:00 PM

Where: Gwinnett Center
6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy
Duluth, GA 30097

JapanFest 2010

Let's get together and enjoy JapanFest on September 19, 2010, from 12 pm to 5 pm (Sunday) at the Convention Center at Gwinnett Center (located at 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth, GA 30097). Tickets are $8 (free for kids 6 and under) and can be purchased at the door. We will meet at the entrance to the festival at 12:00 PM. The festival begins at 10 am so feel free to get there early. You can meet the group waiting inside the entrance for us around 12 PM

JapanFest, now in its 24th year, is the largest Japanese festival east of Houston and south of Washington, DC. JapanFest is designed to promote understanding between Japanese and Americans in the Southeast.

The theme of this year's festival is Discover Japan. The festival will explore the unique aspects of the various regions of the Japanese archipelago. Despite its small size, the eight regions and 47 prefectures of Japan are known for their unique cultures, dialects, art forms, and foods, which will be highlighted at this year's festival.

The Japanese Folk Dance Institute of New York Inc. will present a medley of dances from all over Japan, including Iyo Manzai, the five fan dance from Ehime Prefecture, Yagi Bushi, an umbrella dance from Tochigi and Gunma Prefectures, Hanagasa Odori, a flower hat dance from Yamagata Prefecture, and Eisa, a summer festival dance from Okinawa, as well as favorites such as the Shishi Mai (Lion Dance) and Sakura (Cherry Blossoms). Mr. Bunbun as Aishu Kamen, who is joining us all the way from Atlanta sister city, Fukuoka, Japan, will present his one-man show kids and adults alike are sure to love. Princess Sarah of the planet Cosmos has come down to Earth to search for a strong man who can save her son, who has been swept away by an evil circus troupe. Oh no, the Earth is in danger of exploding! Never fear, Aishu Kamen is here! Can his crazy methods save the prince?? Find out at JapanFest!!

Additionally, JapanFest 2010 will feature a variety of musical performances sure to suit all ages and interests, including taiko drumming by Matsuriza and Harappa Taiko and Kazenoko Matsuri Taiko, J-Rock and J-Pop by Fujiyama Roll, classical piano by Pumpkin Club Piano Academy, and vocals by Cosmos & Euphony Japanese Women's Chorus Groups. Dance performances will include classical Japanese dance by Kozakura Kai, Hiko no Kai, and Nishizaki Suiga no Kai, Okinawan dance, folk dance by Pegasus International Education Center, and modern dance. All are invited to join in the spirited Bon dance!

JapanFest will also feature demonstrations of many types of martial arts, as well as a variety of exciting workshops where visitors can learn about the intricacies of kimono, arrange flowers Japanese-style, find out the best Japan travel information available, learn some phrases in the Japanese language, write haiku, and appreciate sake.

150th Anniversary Japan Diplomatic Mission to US 2010 marks the 150th anniversary of the first Japanese diplomatic mission to the United States. In commemoration of this event, the Consulate General of Japan's booth at JapanFest will feature an exhibition of photographs from this historic voyage. Stop by the Consulate's booth to learn more about Commodore Josiah Tattnall of Savannah, who carried the first diplomatic embassy from Japan to San Francisco aboard the USS Powhatan, Katsu Kaishū, the captain of the Kanrin Maru, Nakahama "John" Manjiro, translator on board the Kanrin Maru, the wildly popular Tateishi Onojiro, a 17-year-old interpreter-in-training, and more!

NASCAR racer Akinori Ogata will be back again this year to sign autographs and show off his car. Contributions that he received at his booth at JapanFest last year were donated to Save the Children Japan. Thanks to all for their support!

Visitors can purchase an amazing array of Japanese goods, including books, kimono, Japanese tea, dolls, and rice paper. The Japan-America Society of Georgia will have t-shirts and temporary tattoos and the Ginza-dori, organized by the Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Georgia and named after Tokyo's famous shopping district, will feature Japanese ceramics, traditional Japanese clothing and accessories and fun items such as masks and toys. At the Bazaar on Sunday, organized by the Georgia Japanese Language School, you will find books and household goods. Atlanta Okinawa Kenjin Kai will sell traditional Okinawan items.

Kids will have a fantastic time experiencing Japanese culture firsthand. In our Children's Area, they can make their very own Japanese craft, and the Suburban Atlanta Kite Enthusiasts will be on hand Saturday to teach them how to make a Japanese kite. The Ginza Dori shopping arcade has tons of games and activities for kids as well, such as ting toss, water yo-yos, Japanese toys, and more!

Many of the approximately 350 Japanese companies based in Georgia will display their products in the Made in Georgia exhibition. Interactive exhibits include the latest in Japanese technology, such as automobiles, tractors, and electronics.

After we purchase our tickets, we will eat lunch. JapanFest features the best of Japanese cuisine in Atlanta! Local Japanese restaurants will offer a tantalizing menu of bento lunch boxes, sushi, kakigori (shaved ice), curry rice, rice bowls, udon and somen noodles, oden, yakisoba noodles, and more!

So join us as we explore the culture, history and food of japan at JapanFest 2010.

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