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Japan Fair Pictures

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Japan Fair Pictures

Did you have fun at Japan Fair? Did you miss Japan Fair?
With the help of many photographers at the event both days, thousands of pictures were taken! We've compiled just a fraction of them to make a video!

Watch until the end for a special message!
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【Japan Fair 2017 Survey】 

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【Japan Fair 201...
【Japan Fair 2017 Survey】

Please take this 3 minute survey to give us feedback on Japan Fair 2017!

https://s.surveyplanet.com/ByuocErBW

Thank you in advance!
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【Winners】~Raffle~

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【Winners】~Raffle~

Did you buy a raffle ticket during Japan Fair? Check to see if you won on our website!

Please contact us if you have won

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【Tanabata】

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【Tanabata】
【Tanabata】

Tomorrow is the first day of Japan Fair! The theme for Japan Fair is Tanabata. Today, July 7th, is Tanabata!

So what is Tanabata? It's celebrated on July 7th and many festivals happen all around Japan. According to the story, Orihime, a princess, and Hikoboshi fell in love and got married. However, they are on either side of the river (Milky Way) keeping them from meeting each other. A bridge appears every year on the 7th day of the 7th month, allowing them to be together.

As Japan Fair, we would like to celebrate the visitors, exhibitors, and communities coming together once a year like Orihime and Hikoboshi.

A very common tradition of Tanabata in Japan is to write your wishes on strips of colorful paper called tanzaku and tie them to bamboo. That way, your wishes will be granted.

There will be bamboo and tanzaku at Japan Fair 2017, so come write your wish to have it granted!
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【Hokubei Hochi Foundation】

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【Hokubei Hochi ...
【Hokubei Hochi Foundation】

Before the event actually starts, we want to make sure we appreciate Hokubei Hochi Foundation. Why? Because Japan Fair 2017 is operated under Hokubei Hochi Foundation. Without them taking us up, we wouldn't have been running the event as well as we are this year. Thank you!

The Hokubei Hochi Foundation (HHF) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) entity established in September 2011, in Seattle, Washington. Located in Seattle’s Chinatown/International District, the Foundation’s mission is to promote and preserve the culture of the Nikkei and Japanese community through educational and cultural projects and activities in the Pacific Northwest.

You might be thinking, 2011 isn't too long ago so they are a newer organization. But what if I told you that Hokubei Hochi (The North American Post) has been around since 1902? They are the oldest Japanese Newspaper in the Pacific Northwest. Not so new, are they?

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【3 Days Left】~Countdown~

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【3 Days Left】~Countdown~

We only have 3 days left until Japan Fair!

Orihime and Hikoboshi are looking forward to seeing each other and coming to Japan Fair.

Invite all your friends and family if you haven't already!
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【Independence Day】~4th of July~

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【Independence Day】~4th of July~

Happy Birthday America!
Hopefully everyone is enjoying their sunny 4th!
Are you planning to go see some fireworks?
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【Food】~Food Market~

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【Food】~Food Market~

First off, there is no pre-sale of food this year. All food items can be purchased at the venue when you feel like eating.

This year, there will be a Food Market along with the hot foods similar to last year. Just like last year, there will be:
  • Vegetable Yakisoba
  • Gyu-don (beef bowl)
  • Chef's Grilled Chicken Salad
  • Kara-age & Croquet
  • Edamame
  • Takoyaki

We know last year the food wasn't the best aspect of Japan Fair. That's why this year, a Japanese chef will partner with the kitchen to make sure the food tastes like it was made by a Japanese housewife.

In addition to the food made on site, there will be a "Food Market" which will feature several products from Japanese eateries. This year, we will have:

Of course, there will be drinks as well. Along with the popular Ramune Soda and Calpico, there will be Japanese tea, Japanese beer, and sake.

Please see our website for all the pictures of the food.

***Please Note***
Meydenbauer Center policy prohibits outside food/drink being brought to the Center. (Meydenbauer Centerの規程により、会場内へのご飲食物の持ち込みは禁止されています。)
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【Kid's Area】~Activities~

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【Kid's Area】~Activities~

A part of the main exhibit hall will be dedicated to a Kid's Area. There will be many activities for the kids!

Near the entrance of the main exhibit hall, the Kid's Area will have origami activities, calligraphy writing, water balloon yo-yo fishing, Guinness World Record attempt origami fish fishing, and masks will be on sale.

Folding paper may sound not sound amusing at first. But imagine folding various animals with a single piece of paper. In the Kid's Area, you will be able to fold many different kinds of animals and objects. Instructions and paper will be provided!



Using a brush is very different from writing with a pencil. By using a brush, there are many different accents and textures you can create that aren't possible by a pencil. While looking at an example, you can have a try at writing a kanji of your choice. Can't find a kanji you want to write? You can ask one of the volunteers there to write you one on the spot!

One of the staples of a Japanese matsuri (festival) is yo-yo fishing. You must hook one of the water filled yo-yos to get your own. But here's the catch. The line is made out of paper, so it can rip easily! Test your patience and skill by fishing for water balloon yo-yos.



Back in February, the students of Bellevue Children's Academy and Willows Preparatory School folded origami fish to display at the Seattle Boat Show. While a display of 1,500 origami fish would earn them the Guinness World Record, a total of 8121 fish were folded to be displayed! Right now, the record is in the process of review. In the Kid's Area, you will be able to see just some of the fish (8000 fish is just way too much to display).





Another staple of Japanese matsuri are masks! The colorful masks are something everyone wants as a kid when they go to a festival. They're meant to be for kids, but who says adults can't get them too?

Come to Japan Fair 2017 and enjoy all of the Kid's Area activities with your children and grandchildren!
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【Sponsors】~Acknowledgement~

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【Sponsors】~Acknowledgement~

We are very grateful for all of the sponsors who are supporting Japan Fair 2017. Without their help, this event wouldn't be free for all of the visitors.

Thank you very much to all the sponsors!

Please see our Facebook page or website to see our supporters.
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