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【Throwback Thursday】Origin of Japan Fair

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【Throwback Thursday】Origin of Japan Fair

What is Japan Fair? Have you been seeing our posts on this blog and on Facebook but still aren't sure what Japan Fair actually is? Well, this is the post for you!

Japan Fair is a free, two-day festival at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, WA, that celebrates Japanese art and culture. It is a communal endeavor of musicians, artisans, community organizations, and businesses from both Japan and the U.S. who come together to share their products, talents, and knowledge of Japan. Through live performances on stage, hands on exhibits, cultural workshops, and vendor booths, the public is immersed in the music, dance, artisanry, and philosophy of Japan.

Japan Fair formed in 2016 as a continuation of the legacy of the “Aki Matsuri”, an annual festival in Bellevue that was presented by the non-profit organization Eastside Nihon Matsuri Association (ENMA). The Aki Matsuri was a two-day program that celebrated Japan’s rich cultural heritage, and featured cultural, educational, and fun events for all age groups. It was held each Fall season for 18 years and was greatly appreciated by the community. In 2016 ENMA retired as a non-profit, and the Aki Matsuri began its transition into a new, sustainable community event. This event, headed by a new volunteer team with the goal of carrying on the annual festival tradition, was called Japan Fair.

The first Japan Fair was held at Meydenbauer Center on September 3 – 4, 2016, under the guidance and help of ENMA as the official successor to the Aki Matsuri. 15,000 people were estimated by Meydenbauer Center to have attended the launch of Japan Fair. Many were returning attendees of the Aki Matsuri, although the festival drew many new, first-time attendees as well, along with a number of new exhibitors from both America and Japan who shared their projects and products with the people of the Pacific Northwest.

Under the mantle of "Introducing and spreading the traditional and modern culture of Japan", Japan Fair 2016 successfully carried on the 18 year legacy of the Aki Matsuri. The local community, made up of both Japanese and American individuals, corporations, and organizations, came together to welcome 20,000 visitors to the event.
From 2017 on, Japan Fair will be held yearly during Tanabata, an annual time that celebrates the spirit of coming together and the connectedness of community. With this in mind, our aim for Japan Fair 2017 is to grow our outreach and expand our visitor demographics to include more of the wider American community.
#ブログ #tbt #Origin #AkiMatsuri #ENMA #Japanfair2017 #japanfair

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【Closing Booth Applications】

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【Closing Booth Applications】

Thank you for all the vendors and exhibitors who have applied for booths! We are beyond grateful that many booths from last year will be coming back to Japan Fair!
With such high demand, we sadly will not be accepting anymore booths.

Hopefully we will see you next year! Thank you for your continued support of Japan Fair!

#ブログ #thankyou #support #Japanfair2017 #japanfair

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【Volunteer for Us】We Want You!

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【Volunteer for Us】We Want You!

Interested in volunteering? We have four hour shifts available on Saturday and Sunday with a wide variety of opportunities including information booth help, stage helpers, roamers (walking information), booths/general help, and more! If you cannot commit to four hours but are interested in helping still, we need volunteers to help vendors and exhibitors unload on Friday evening from 5-8pm and Saturday morning from 7-10am.
Sign up to volunteer at the bottom of our Join Us Page!

Can't make the times listed above? Let your friends and family know so they can help out!

If you have any questions about volunteering please contact Maple Jackson at info@japanfairus.org
#ブログ #Volunteer #Volunteering #CommunityService #Japanfair2017 #japanfair

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【Media Monday】Junglecity

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【Media Monday】Junglecity

This week, we would like to thank Junglecity for supporting Japan Fair 2017!

Junglecity.com is the largest Japanese website about the Pacific Northwest. Since its launch in 1998, we have been contributing to strengthening the local Japanese community and helping visitors get most out of their visit to the beautiful Pacific Northwest by providing a variety of content including news, living and travel information, interviews, columns and essays.

They have written a review about Japan Fair 2016, as well as advertise for the upcoming Japan Fair 2017!
#ブログ #MM #MediaMonday #Junglecity #Japanfair2017 #japanfair

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【Memorial Day】

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Thank you for your service
#ブログ #MemorialDay #Japanfair2017 #japanfair

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【Kenjinkai】~Community Friends Booth~

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【Kenjinkai】~Community Friends Booth~

We would like to welcome back Kenjinkai to Japan Fair!

Kenjinkai 県人会 is a gathering of people from certain prefectures in Japan. All of the people are those who live outside the prefecture or even the country. At the Kenjinkai, the people from the prefectures are able to talk to each other about the prefecture they're all from, and understand each other because they come from the same prefecture.

For those of you who have been to Japan, who have lived in Japan for some time, or who have any interest in the variety of cultures in the prefectures of Japan, come by Japan Fair 2017 to learn more about each prefecture!

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There are 17 local Kenjinkai in the greater Seattle-Tacoma area.  Please stop by our booth for more information.  We represent Fukushima, Hiroshima, Fukuoka,Kumamoto, Kagoshima, Okinawa, Shizuoka, Kishu/Wakayama, Ohmi/Shiga, Yamaguchi, Yamanashi, Kyotojin, Okayama, Hokkaido, Kobe, Shimane,Chiba.
#ブログ #県人会 #Kenjinkai #Japanfair2017 #japanfair #CommunityFriends

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【Sugamo Advance School】~Community Friends Booth~

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【Sugamo Advance School】~Community Friends Booth~

Sugamo Advance School will be joining us at Japan Fair 2017!

Sugamo offers Japanese lessons to students of all ages and levels. Along with teaching Japanese, they help Japanese students test into schools in Japan, introduce Japanese culture to all the students through Japanese activities and events, and give lessons to the parents on their educational values.



Come to Japan Fair 2017 and stop by Sugamo Advance School's booth to learn more about their programs!

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Sugamo advance school offers Japanese lessons for all levels. 
We also specializes in entrance exam test prep for students preparing to enter the Japanese education system from middle school to university.
#ブログ #SugamoAdvance #Sugamo #Japanfair2017 #japanfair #CommunityFriends

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【ICC Consultants】~Community Friends Booth~

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【ICC Consultants】~Community Friends Booth~

Welcome back to Japan Fair, ICC Consultants!

Since last year, Japan Fair has had volunteers from ICC help run the show! Without the volunteers, Japan Fair 2016 wouldn't have been as great as it was. We're getting help from them this year as well to provide a very enjoyable event for everyone who comes!

ICC is known to bring Japanese students and interns into the US, but did you know that they send interns into Japan as well? Since 2011, they've been sending interns from the US to Japan. Learn more at their website!

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Established in 1973, ICC Consultants is an international study consulting company, headquartered in Tokyo, offering an array of international exchange programs. ICC's commitment to excellence, and unique approach to exchange study programs continues to earn the trust of over one thousand participants annually.

ICC English Website
ICC 日本語 ウェブサイト
#ブログ #ICCConsultants #ICC #Japanfair2017 #japanfair #CommunityFriends

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【Throwback Thursday】Cosplay Contest Hosted by Sakura-Con

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【Throwback Thursday】Cosplay Contest Hosted by Sakura-Con

For this week's Throwback Thursday, we'd like to look back at the cosplay contest hosted by Sakura-Con at Japan Fair 2016!



Many cosplayers surprised us with their high quality cosplay!



They surprised us by being really scary too!



Last year's winner was the cosplay of Koro-sensei from Ansatsu Kyoushitsu (Assassination Classroom)!

Sadly, this year, there won't be a cosplay contest at Japan Fair. However, something good may happen to everyone who does cosplay to Japan Fair 2017!

Cosplay is when a person dresses up or wears a costume to look like a character from a book, movie, or video game. The word cosplay is a contraction of costume play, and originated in Japan after the idea of costume play was imported from the US. Now, very high quality cosplay can be seen around the world.

Come to Japan Fair 2017 to show off your cosplay and see other people cosplaying!
#ブログ #tbt #Japanfair2017 #japanfair #cosplay #コスプレ #CosplayContest #Sakuracon #サクラコン

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【Hyogo Business and Cultural Center】~Community Friends Booth~

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【Hyogo Business and Cultural Center】~Community Friends Booth~

We would like to welcome back Hyogo Business and Cultural Center to Japan Fair!

Habatan flocked around at Japan Fair last year and intrigued the visitors. What is Habatan? Habatan is a yuru-kyara of Hyogo Prefecture.
Habatan can be spotted at Japan Fair 2017, so come find him and get a picture taken together!

Did you know that Hyogo Prefecture and Washington State are sister states? Do you know what a sister state is? Similar to sister cities, sister states promote the culture and commercial ties of each other.

The Hyogo Business and Cultural Center was founded by the Hyogo Prefectural Government in 1990 to strengthen the sister state relationship between the State of Washington and Hyogo, Japan. We assist business activities between the regions, cultural programs, and promote Japanese language education.
#ブログ #HyogoBusinessandCulturalCenter #Japanfair2017 #japanfair #CommunityFriends

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