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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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【handarbete】~Arts and Culture Booth~

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【handarbete】~Arts and Culture Booth~

handarbete, welcome back to Japan Fair!

Did you know handarbete means handicraft in Swedish?

handarbete displays chic and sophisticated hand weaving in their products from button pins and cushions to wall art and scarves.

They also have weaving classes so you can learn to make your own scarf!
Come to the handarbete booth at Japan Fair 2017 to see the handwoven scarves in person and learn more about their classes!



"[Satoko Pettersson] lived in Sweden where hand weaving exists so close to their daily life. While [she] was inspired by its simple, clean design and color combinations, [she] mastered variety of textile making techniques." (handarbete website)

Introducing creativity through hand weaving which is fun and meditative for kids and adults.

Hand Weaving is traditional in Sweden as well as in Japan. In Japan, there's even a famous story that revolves around hand weaving called Tsuru no Onngaeshi.

The origin of hand weaving can be traced back to the Paleolithic era, as early as 27,000 years ago. However, as civilizations formed, the evolution of hand weaving differed based on the region. Learn more about European hand weaving and East Asian hand weaving.

handarbete Website
handarbete Instagram
handarbete Online Store
Japan Fair Website
Japan Fair Facebook
#ブログ #handarbete #Japanfair2017 #japanfair #handmade #handicraft #ArtsandCulture

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【Media Monday】Lighthouse

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【Media Monday】Lighthouse

Starting this Monday, we're going to start a new trend of Media Monday! Every Monday we will be introducing the media who are supporting and advertising Japan Fair. We are very thankful for everyone who is supporting us!

The first Media Monday will go to Lighthouse!

Lighthouse is a Japanese media company providing quality living information to the Japanese community from our LA, San Diego and Seattle office.  At our Seattle office, we publish a monthly magazine "Lighthouse", an annual Japanese phone directory, a guide book for Seattle & Portland with map and coupons and also maintain a Japanese portal site www.youmaga.com


ライトハウスは創業29年の、ロサンゼルス、サンディエゴ、シアトルに支局を持つ日系メディア会社。シアトル支局では、月刊誌「ライトハウス」のシアトル/ポートランド版、年間で発行している日本語電話帳「テレフォンガイド」、シアトルの観光名所を網羅し、地図とクーポンも付いた「シアトル&ポートランドガイド」の発行と、シアトルとポートランドの情報満載のポータルサイト、www.youmaga.comを運営しています。
#ブログ #MM #MediaMonday #Lighthouse #Japanfair2017 #japanfair

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【NANCYM4 & Happiboshi】~Market Place Booth~

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【NANCYM4 & Happiboshi】~Market Place Booth~

NANCYM4 is coming back to Japan Fair with all things kawaii!

NANCYM4 & Happiboshi are very supportive of Japan Fair with their raffle prize donations last year. They will be donating goods for the raffle this year as well, so you can look forward to that!

Come to NANCYM4 & Happiboshi's booth at Japan Fair 2017 to get your hands on their cute plushies!



Nancym4 and Happiboshi specialize in cute plushies and handmade crafts for the home, office and travel with the use of high quality fabrics, including Japan imported fabrics.  All things kawaii!
#ブログ #NANCYM4 #Happiboshi #Japanfair2017 #japanfair #MarketPlace #kawaii #plushies

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【The School of Taiko】~Arts and Culture Booth~

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【The School of Taiko】~Arts and Culture Booth~

School of Taiko overpowered the visitors with their powerful performance at Japan Fair 2016. They will be back again this year to give us another dynamic show!



They are an organization that performs at the annual World TAIKO Festival so you know they are top notch.

Come to Japan Fair 2017 to get a chance to see their powerful and dynamic taiko performance!

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The cool musical performances of enthusiastic Japanese Taiko drumming with dynamic sounds and fantastic movement will give you an unforgettable summer moment by enjoyable real experiences.

The School of TAIKO founded by professional Japanese Taiko Drummer Ringtaro and his partner Asako Tateishi based in Seattle on 2009 and CHIKIRI is their leading group. 
Currently about 100 students from 5 years old to 70's enjoy the weekly Taiko Classes and performances. Also, SOT has hold "Bilingual Kids Class" for 5 - 7 years old yearly and "Bilingual Kids Taiko Summer Camp" for 4 - 7 years old kids.

CHIKIRI & SOT music which shows the good collaboration of Japanese ancient tradition and modern spirits.  And also they are trying to realize their mission make the TAIKO drumming more enjoyable and highly creative one in the community. 

Our Taiko pieces are created / arranged by Ringtaro Tateishi who used in the Walt Disney World, FL as long term entertainers and also has 28 years of experience performing in 26 countries around the world as the member of the ONDEKOZA. 

One of the highlights of our activities is the annual "Bellevue World TAIKO Festival," which began in 2014 and draws an audience of over 1,000 people from all over North America. In addition to local performers, we also invite well-known performers to be featured in this concert. We hope you'll join us at the next Bellevue World TAIKO Festival on October 5-8, 2017, at  the Carlson Theater, Bellevue College.

太鼓の学校は2009年秋、日本人プロ太鼓奏者 立石鈴太郎とパートナーのあさこによりベルビューを拠点として設立されました。

和太鼓を通じて楽しく日本文化に触れることで、世界共通言語の音楽による文化交流とコミュニティの新しい交流を促進することを目的として、太鼓演奏、学校公演、太鼓クラスなどを提供しています。
クラスでは5歳から70歳代の100人ほどの生徒が週に一回の太鼓の稽古に参加し、ジャパンフェアや桜祭りをはじめとするコミュニティでの演奏を揃いのハッピで楽しむほか、太鼓の学校のリーディンググループとして、設立者を中心として創られた「ちきり」と上級の生徒を中心としてベナロヤホールでのセレブレートアジアやプロバスケットチーム・シアトルストームのハーフタイムショーなどでも演奏を披露しています。

また、海外で生活する日本の子供たちが自国の文化を誇らしく感じる機会を得られるよう、また、子供たちの自尊心を高め、相互理解の一助になるようにと、年間を通して5歳から7歳のお子様を対象とした「バイリンガル子供クラス」、夏休みには4歳からを対象に「バイリンガル キッズ太鼓サマーキャンプ」を開講しています。

また、太鼓を魅力ある舞台芸術として多くの方に紹介することを目的とし、2014年から著名な太鼓奏者を招き”ベルビュー・ワールド太鼓フェスティバル”を開催しており、次回は10月5日~8日にベルビューカレッジのカールソンシアターで開催予定となっています。北米各地から1,000人を超す参加者が集まるイベントに成長しておりますので、ぜひご来場ください。

For more information for Booking CHIKIRI & SOT performances & Join SOT classes : www.japancreativearts.com
Bellevue World Taiko Festival
School of Taiko Facebook Page
#ブログ #SchoolofTaiko #Japanfair2017 #japanfair #ArtsandCulture

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【Countdown】50 DAYS LEFT!!

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【Countdown】50 DAYS LEFT!!

Starting today we will be counting down to July 8th! What's July 8th, you may ask? It's the first day of the two day festival in Bellevue known as Japan Fair!

Japan Fair 2017 will be held on July 8th from 10am to 6pm and on July 9th from 10am to 5pm at Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, WA.

Let all your friends know about this free event with many booths, workshops, and performances!

~Check out our Facebook page as well~
#ブログ #Countdown #50days #50daysleft #Japanfair2017 #japanfair

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【Throwback Thursday】JBA Flea Market 蚤の市

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【Throwback Thursday】JBA Flea Market 蚤の市

Every year at Aki Matsuri and at Japan Fair 2016, Japan Business Association of Seattle (JBAS) hosted a flea market. Many people stopped by the market to get their hands on the books and goods that JBAS made available.

Even though the flea market was well known to the visitors of Aki Matsuri, many people don't know the organization running the market and what they do besides the flea market.



"[Japan Business Association of Seattle (Shunju Club)] is a membership organization comprised of Japanese businesses and their supporters. The mission of [JBAS] is to foster friendship among its members, to enhance their children's education, and to promote economic relations among its members and the local community by deepening mutual understanding." (JBA of Seattle Website)

To let the public know what JBAS is about, they have decided to set up booths with a variety of companies that are part of JBAS. Although the flea market won't be held anymore, there will be a line up of Japanese businesses from JBAS to present the large impact they have on the aircraft industry. Stay tuned for the details on what businesses will be showing up at Japan Fair 2017!
#ブログ #tbt #Japanfair2017 #japanfair #FleaMarket #蚤の市

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【Ikebana International】~Arts and Culture Booth~

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【Ikebana International】~Arts and Culture Booth~

We are pleased to welcome back Ikebana International to Japan Fair!

Last year, Ikebana International showed us their beautiful arrangement of flowers during their live demonstration. However, they only had one demonstration, making many people miss out.
This year, there will be many more opportunities to see the live demonstrations. Stay tuned for the details to come!

Make sure to visit Japan Fair 2017 to take a look at Ikebana International's booth and live demonstrations!

Want to learn more about ikebana?
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Ikebana International  is a non-profit cultural organization dedicated to the promotion and appreciation of Ikebana, Japanese flower arranging. The Seattle Chapter 19, chartered March 16, 1959, is dedicated to cultivating and perpetuating the study of Ikebana by demonstrations and public exhibitions, with a deep purpose of establishing a better relationship among all people. The chapter is celebrating its 58th anniversary in 2017.
#ブログ #IkebanaInternational #ikebana #Japanfair2017 #japanfair #ArtsandCulture

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【Uchikura & Co.】~Market Place Booth~

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【Uchikura & Co.】~Market Place Booth~

Uchikura & Co. will be joining us at Japan Fair 2017!

Uchikura & Co., founded by Kenichi Uchikura, will be bringing all kinds of companies to fill up 10 booths worth of space!
One of the companies they will bring is Kusak Cut Glass Works. They started over 100 years ago in 1914 and have been creating intricately designed glassware since.

Come to Japan Fair 2017 to check out the variety of companies Uchikura & Co. will bring! Stay tuned for more details!
#ブログ #UchikuraCo #Japanfair2017 #japanfair #MarketPlace

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【The Historic Hori Family Bath House at the Neely Mansion】~Community Friends Booth~

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【The Historic Hori Family Bath House at the Neely Mansion】~Community Friends Booth~

We would like to welcome back Neely Mansion and the Historic Hori Family Bath House to Japan Fair!

Back in 1930, the Hori family brought a tradition of Japanese life on the farm to the Neely property of the Green River Valley.

The 10’ by 16’ small wooden building was divided into two rooms for washing and bathing. The building was restored by the Neely Mansion Association in 2016, and can be seen behind the Neely Mansion.

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Japanese families in the Green River Valley built small bathhouses for use after a hard day of labor on their farms. The newly restored Hori Bathhouse (furoba), constructed in 1930, is a one-story wood frame structure, measuring 10' by 16'.  The interior is divided into 2 rooms; the first room was used for laundry, and a soaking tub (furo) was located in the back room.

Located directly behind Neely Mansion, 12303 SE Auburn-Black Diamond Road, Auburn WA  98092.  Public tours of the gated Bathhouse, Mansion and gardens take place during Summer Tours and other events.  Please check our website or Facebook pages for dates and times.
#ブログ #NeelyMansion #Japanfair2017 #japanfair #CommunityFriends

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Happy Mother's Day!

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Happy Mother's Day!
Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers out there!

We had a lot of kids and moms at Japan Fair last year!
What will you be doing for your mother?
#ブログ #MothersDay #母の日 #Japanfair2017 #japanfair

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【Crystal Angels】~Arts and Culture Booth~

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【Crystal Angels】~Arts and Culture Booth~

Crystal Angels will be coming to Japan Fair 2017 to showcase their handmade jewelry!

Crystal Angels' products aren't just for complementing your beautiful looks, but also has a healing purpose. All jewelry pieces are unique and handmade, and each crystal has its own characteristics. With the correct one, it will boost both your confidence and happiness.

Crystal Angels has necklaces and bracelets, rings and earrings, as well as house charms and key chains.

Come to Japan Fair 2017 and Crystal Angels' booth to find the perfect crystal and jewelry for you!

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Crystal Angels Jewelry is designed for "Fashion + Healing Purpose". All of our original jewelry pieces are one of a kind and hand made from energetically cleansed crystals.

Crystal Angels Jewelry is also a great gift for those individuals who are very special to you.

Wearing something you like promotes your confidence and increases your level of happiness.  Your satisfaction is very important to me and I am confident we'll find the right jewelry piece for you.

ヒーリング効果の高いクリスタルを使ったクリスタルエンジェルスの Jewelryは、可愛さと、ヒーリングアイテムとして人気です。

あなたの願いにピッタリの天然石を使ったジュエリーを見つけるお手伝いをします ♡
#ブログ #CrystalAngels #Japanfair2017 #japanfair #ArtsandCulture

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【Naturally Plus USA】~Market Place Booth~

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【Naturally Plus USA】~Market Place Booth~

What better way to improve your health than using superior nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices?

Since 1999, Naturally Plus USA (NPUSA) has been looking to spread wellness at the global level with their products.

Are you tired from looking at your computer screen or your phone? NPUSA's Super Lutein is a nutritional supplement specially designed for your eye.

Have you ever heard of hydrogenized water? Izumio is NPUSA's hydrogenized water; water infused with hydrogen.

Come get Super Lutein and Izumio at Naturally Plus USA's booth at Japan Fair 2017!

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NPUSA promotes worldwide wellness through superior nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices  Since establishment of the company in 1999, Naturally Plus has conducted business under the corporate mission of enhancing the wellness of the global community. NPUSA products are distributed exclusively through our network of loyal Affiliates who promote healthy living through personal example and enthusiastic endorsement of the NPUSA products and lifestyle philosophy.
#ブログ #NaturallyPlusUSA #NPUSA #Japanfair2017 #japanfair #MarketPlace

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【Throwback Thursday】Last Year's Pictures on Instagram

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【Throwback Thursday】Instagram and Last Year's Pictures

Did you know we have an Instagram?

On our Instagram, you can see pictures of Japan Fair 2016! Thank you for everyone who let us take their pictures with the Instaboard!
We also want to thank the three lovely ladies who volunteered to take the pictures!

We'll have the Instaboard at Japan Fair again, so come and take your picture!

Please do check out our Instagram @japanfairus!
#ブログ #tbt #japanfair2017 #japanfair

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【AKI SOGABE - Paper Cutting】~Arts and Culture Booth~

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【AKI SOGABE - Paper Cutting】~Arts and Culture Booth~

We are welcoming AKI SOGABE back again this year to Japan Fair!

Have you ever cut out paper snowflakes? What's the most elaborate design you've made? Why not try cutting paper into something more than a snowflake? Can't think of how to cut the paper? Then come to AKI SOGABE's booth at Japan Fair 2017 to see her intricate paper cutting!

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Paper Cutting is an ancient art form that began in China and Europe. Sogabe started to introduce this paper cutting to the Northwest in 1978 and now her works are included in the collections of many corporations, organizations and universities.

Her works are displayed at more than 30 public schools from elementary through college in Washington State.

Her public art is installed in the Pike Place Market and Uwajimaya Village in Seattle.

She is also known as a children's book illustrator.

AKI SOGABE Website
#ブログ #AkiSogabe #Japanfair2017 #japanfair #ArtsandCulture

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【Sagalingua Language】~Community Friends Booth~

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【Sagalingua Language】~Community Friends Booth~

We are pleased to welcome Sagalingua Language to Japan Fair 2017!

Want to learn a new language? Want to get better at a language? Learn the culture as well with one-on-one private lessons at Sagalingua Language! 英語を習いたい?英語をもっと上達させたい?サガリンガの個人レッスンで文化と共に英語を習おう!

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Sagalingua Language & Culture Coaching is a women-owned, small business in the Eastside, conveniently located close to Bellevue downtown. It was founded by Sandri Richardson, originally from South Africa, and Galia Dadiomova, originally from Russia, who both immigrated to the US 18 years ago. Because of their own experiences, they started Sagalingua to help other immigrants adjust to their new environment, engage in their community, and learn new language skills.

Sagalingua provides language and culture coaching, for adults and children, in 14 languages, taught by native teachers: English, Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Polish, Serbian, Hungarian and Afrikaans. We specialize in one-on-one private lessons and small groups of up to 4 students.

We accept email inquiries in all 14 languages and can provide a translator to help with the initial appointment if necessary. We also offer free language level assessments and allow new moms to bring their babies with them to class.

Sagalingua wants to promote understanding and a sense of community between people from many different cultures. Students can join our monthly international book club or participate in monthly field trips to interesting local places like Bellevue Arts Museum, go blueberry picking, or attend a Mariners baseball game.

Our tagline is: Sagalingua – We Speak Your Language!

サガリンガ:ランゲージ&カルチャーコーチングは、女性オーナーが経営するスモール語学センターで、イーストサイドのベルビューダウンタウン近くという好立地にあります。サウスアフリカ生まれのサンドリ・リチャードソン、ロシア生まれのガリア・ダディオモヴァ、共に18年前にアメリカに移住したこの二人によって設立されました。二人は自らの経験を踏まえ、他の海外からの移住者が新しい環境に慣れ、地域に積極的にかかわり、語学力も磨いていかれるよう支援したいとの思いから、サガリンガをスタートさせたのです。

サガリンガは、子供から成人まで、ネイティブ教師による14か国の言語(ランゲージ)と文化(カルチャー)のコーチングを行っています。該当言語は、英語、スペイン語、フランス語、ドイツ語、ポルトガル語、イタリア語、中国語、日本語、韓国語、ロシア語、ポーランド語、セルビア語、ハンガリー語、アフリカーンス語の14か国語です。レッスンは1対1の個人レッスンおよび4人までの小グループレッスンを中心に行っています。

当センターでは全14か国語での質問をEメールにて常時承っており、最初に起こしいただいた折には、必要に応じて通訳付きで打ち合わせをすることができます。また無料のレベル評価を行っており、小さいお子さんをお持ちのお母さんは、子供連れで授業に参加することもできます。

サガリンガは、様々な文化の国々からやってきた方々の相互理解と結びつきの輪を広げていきたいと願っています。学生さんたちは、月毎のインターナショナルブッククラブに加わったり、ベルビューアート美術館など地域の興味深い各所へのフィールドトリップに参加したり、ブルーベリー摘みやマリナーズのゲームに行ったりと、当センターが主催する盛りだくさんの行事を楽しんでいただくことができます。

私たちのキャッチフレーズは:きっと見つかるあなたの言語!

Sagalingua Website
Sagalingua Facebook
Sagalingua Yelp
Japan Fair Website
Japan Fair Facebook
#ブログ #SagalinguaLanguage #Japanfair2017 #japanfair #CommunityFriends

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【Hello Sushi Store】~Market Place Booth~

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【Hello Sushi Store】~Market Place Booth~

Want some sushi at Japan Fair? Say hello to Hello Sushi Store!

Japan Fair 2017 is the only opportunity in the Seattle Area to see Hello Sushi Store products in person this year, so make sure to come to their booth! Get smiley sushi rolls on your hats, your t-shirts, your kitchen utensils, and much much more!

Hello Sushi Store is a one stop gift shop for sushi and other Asian food-inspired merchandise. We are known for quality products with cute and vibrant designs. All products use original artwork by Kanagi Design that is exclusive to Hello Sushi.
#ブログ #HelloSushiStore #Japanfair2017 #japanfair #MarketPlace

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【Darlene Dihel - Sumi Painting】~Arts and Culture Booth~

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Darlene Dihel, welcome back to Japan Fair!

Sumi painting is an East Asian type of brush painting. Traditional sumi painting only uses blank ink, but still makes the pictures come to life. beautifully expresses the spirit of nature.

Adding in some color, Darlene Dihel beautifully expresses the spirit of nature with the strokes of her brush.

Come to Japan Fair 2017 and Darlene Dihel's booth to see her magnificent drawings!

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Darlene, a native Washingtonian, is a retired teacher who spent half her career in the South Pacific (Guam and Kwajalein) with husband, Merle, and two children. She came full circle about 20 years ago, returning to the Pacific Northwest.

The love for SUMI-E, a Japanese word which means painting a picture with black ink, began over forty years ago following a few days in Japan. She began studying and painting sumi on her own until 1999 when she discovered the Puget Sound Sumi Artists organization, taking many classes from the group's masters. Darlene teaches sumi classes to all ages, enters shows and festivals, has solo shows, and does demonstrations. As well as studying the traditional sumi-e, she adds Asian watercolors to her work and creates sumi mixed media.

A painting session begins by grinding the sumi stick with water on a grinding stone to make black ink, and then making a dish of grey ink. The animal hair bamboo brush is dipped in water, grey ink, then black. Grasping the brush in the middle with arm off the table, basic calligraphy strokes are made on rice paper to create images. Whatever the final image, creating a work of art is an experience within itself, a journey recording a brief moment in time.

Studying and painting sumi is a constant in Darlene's life. Her goal is to improve as a sumi artist although she will always be "a student" in this spontaneous, simplistic, spiritual style of painting..
#ブログ #DarleneDihel #Japanfair2017 #japanfair #ArtsandCulture

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【ArtRise Dance】~Community Friends Booth~

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【ArtRise Dance】~Community Friends Booth~

ArtRise Dance will be back at Japan Fair 2017 with their elegant and dynamic performances!

We are very thankful for ArtRise Dance's support through donations!

At Japan Fair 2016, ArtRise Dance's exciting performances on stage displayed their extensive range of talent from elegant ballet to dynamic dance shows. We are looking forward to their performance this year!

Whether you dance, want to start dancing, or want to watch some dancing, come to Japan Fair 2017 to see ArtRise Dance's performances and booth. They will be hosting summer camps in August, so come take a look and become a part of their dance crew!

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ArtRise Dance offers classes for all ages, levels and backgrounds to discover the joy of movement in a welcoming, all-embracing space.

ArtRise Dance passionately believes in making dance exciting while inspiring the next generation with diverse music and art. 

It is our goal to offer dance that communicates to, and welcomes all people regardless of gender, race, social or cultural backgrounds.
#ブログ #ArtRiseDance #Japanfair2017 #japanfair #CommunityFriends

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【Heiando】~Market Place Booth~

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【Heiando】~Market Place Booth~

Heiando will be back at Japan Fair 2017, collaborating with Fran's Chocolate for another year!

As a proud purveyor of traditional urushi (Japanese Lacquerware) tableware to the Japanese Imperial Household, Yamada Heiando opened his first boutique in 1919.
Since then, Heiando has been preserving, honoring, and spreading traditional urushi while also connecting and adapting to modern tableware.
They are already looking ahead to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics where they aim to spread the craftsmanship to foreigners and the younger generation.

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Yamada Heiando opened its first boutique in 1919 in Tokyo. Yamada Heiando is a proud purveyor of tableware to the Japanese Imperial Household and offers a wide range of designs to fit modern lifestyles while honoring centuries of Urushi tradition. Heiando America, Inc. is a U.S. subsidiary of Yamada Heiando and an exclusive distributor of its lacquerware in the North America.

In 2020, Tokyo will host the summer Olympics. This world-wide sports event will generate more interest in Japanese cultures among people around the world. We believe this would be a great time for us to introduce the beauty of the traditional urushi lacquerware to the world. 

We also believe it would help the urushi industry continue to grow, leading to the globalization of the craftsmen. Heiando has been proactively engaged in developing a solid foundation for the young generations to join the industry.

Heiando Website
Heiando Facebook
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Japan Fair Facebook
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【Throwback Thursday】Booths From Across the Pacific

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【Throwback Thursday】Booths From Across the Pacific

At Japan Fair 2016, there were companies who came all the way from Japan to excite us with their products!

Those companies included JR East, Kyoikudojinsha, Kyoto Kakimoto, Matshumoto Shouten, and Shimokawa Tailor.

A train driving simulator was brought by JR East to allow visitors to experience the difficult but exciting task of directing a train. (First picture, top right)

Matshumoto Shouten came from Hyogo Prefecture to showcase their beautifully designed candles. Unlike traditional western candles, they showed us that their candles can come in spheres and vase-like shapes. (First picture, top left and bottom left)

Cute Japanese school uniforms were displayed by Shimokawa Tailor. (First picture, bottom right)

Established in 1845, Kyoto Kakimoto showed Japan Fair 2016 the high quality of traditional Japanese paper. (Second picture, top right)

Kyoikudojinsha came to Japan Fair 2016 to introduce the thoroughness of Japanese textbooks of all kinds of subjects.

Come to Japan Fair 2017 to see more booths!
#ブログ #tbt #Japanfair2017 #japanfair

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【Keiro Northwest】~Community Friends Booth~

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【Keiro Northwest】~Community Friends Booth~

We are pleased to welcome back Keiro Northwest! Come see their booth at Japan Fair 2017!

Formerly known as Nikkei Concerns, Keiro Northwest has been a significant part of our community by caring for our elders since the 70s.

With Keiro Northwest, you can enhance your lifestyle on your health & wellness journey. Keiro Northwest delivers world-class senior health and wellness services customized for our region’s Asian communities, with additional expertise serving the general community. As a mission-driven organization, our efforts honor your cultural, food, language and life preferences with a commitment to respect, trust, compassion, quality of life, and family.

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Exercise your mind at Keiro Northwest’s adult day center, Kokoro Kai, with our monthly GUEST SPEAKER CORNER (January’s speaker, Professor Tetsuden Kashima, here with Nikkei Manor resident Tosh Okamoto). See for yourself the special bond among the Kokoro Kai participants and volunteers and know that your mom or dad would feel energized and thrive in the surroundings.

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Choose your adventure on a NIKKEI HORIZONS TOUR! Whether you travel the world to seek your roots or explore a new land, the ease and convenience of a group tour will inspire you. Upcoming tours to Ireland, Italy & France, Southern Japan & Okinawa, Western Canada, and Washington, DC. Explore with Keiro Northwest!

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Meet and greet sports idols like Kazuhiro Sasaki (here with Sue Furuta and Haru Nishimura) at Keiro Northwest’s annual LUNAR NEW YEAR CELEBRATION. The innovative sports theme creates an exuberant atmosphere that adds new dimensions of fun to this fundraising event.

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Throw your next party with KEIRO NORTHWEST CATERING! Our talented team will tempt your tastebuds with delicious comfort foods from many Eastern and Western cuisines. They are happy to deliver, or, you can rent the lovely Keiro Garden and/or the Garden Vista Room.
#KeiroNW #Japanfair2017 #japanfair

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【Panda Kids】~Market Place Booth~

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【Panda Kids】~Market Place Booth~

Panda Kids isn't related to pandas, but is still very cute with their children clothes!

Panda Kids.biz has been around since August 2013, which was first created by the designer named Charlee Sintaraga. She has a passion for creating something unique and finding the quality in children's clothing. Two years prior to launching Panda Kids.biz, Charlee noticed how children's clothing can be very pricey for some parents, and they also find no way to be able to afford something in a better quality at an affordable price! That's where the affordable boutique quality comes in.

The mission is to make shopping easy for all those busy parents who don't have the time to go shopping at a busy mall, or just don't like the crowds. Panda Kids.biz and their team's status as a small boutique allows us to provide the personalized, high-quality customer service that you won't find at an anonymous retail giant, at an affordable price.

Check their products out on their website and their Facebook page!
#PandaKids #Japanfair2017 #japanfair

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