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【Throwback Thursday】~1 Month Left~

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【Throwback Thursday】~1 Month Left~

We have exactly a month left until the first of two days of Japan Fair 2017!
Haven't decided if you want to go or not? Take a look at these cute and fun pictures!



Okay, maybe the two people in the bottom left picture aren't so cute. But Japan Fair was a lot of fun!
We encourage everyone to wear a yukata or kimono, especially because the event is being held around Tanabata!

We hope to see you at Japan Fair 2017!
#ブログ #tbt #1month #1monthleft #Japanfair2017 #japanfair

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【Volunteer Meeting】

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【Volunteer Meeting】

Interested in volunteering for Japan Fair? Know anyone who is interested in volunteering for Japan Fair? Come to the Japan Fair 2017 Volunteer Meeting!

We will be holding a Volunteer meeting to give us an opportunity to meet one another, discuss and explain roles and responsibilities, share a venue map, and answer any questions you may have.
This meeting is open to all, so if you have friends or family members who may be interested in volunteering please bring them along! Please keep in mind that volunteers must be 18 years or older. They can also sign up to volunteer with this Google Form.

We are looking for volunteers who will fill positions such as Information Booth Staff, Raffle Ticket Seller/Silent Auction Table Staff, Exhibitor Liaison, Stage Manager, Event Photographer, Parking Attendant, Workshop Assistant, and much much more.
Shifts are 4 hours long, and you can volunteer for one of the days or both days. There are multiple shifts in a day, so you are more than welcome to work more than one shift.

Details:
What: Japan Fair 2017 Volunteer Meeting
When: Saturday, June 24th, from 10:30 - 11:30am
Where: Bellevue Children's Academy, Building 2

14640 NE 24th Street, Bellevue, WA 98007

This building is located behind the gas station; turn into our parking lot before the Burger King

#ブログ #Volunteer #Volunteering #Meeting #Japanfair2017 #japanfair

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【Performance Schedule】~Website Update~

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【Performance Sc...
【Performance Schedule】~Website Update~

The Performance Schedule has been posted!
Between the two days, there will be a total of 16 performances on the main stage!
Performances include things from martial arts demonstrations to J-Pop songs to belly dancing!

The MC for the Main Stage will be Tomo "Angie" Hoku for the second year in a row! We are very thankful for her support.

Besides the main stage, we will be having Chris Kenji in the lobby both days playing Koto Jazz for us!

Stay tuned for further details of the organizations performing on the main stage! Come to Japan Fair 2017 to watch and experience these amazing performances!
#ブログ #Performance #MainStage #OnStage #Japanfair2017 #japanfair #WebsiteUpdate

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【Media Monday】North American Post・Soy Source

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【Media Monday】North American Post・Soy Source

The North American Post has been around in Seattle since 1902, making them the oldest Japanese-language newspaper in the Pacific Northwest.
Currently, they publish both the weekly "North American Post (北米報知)" and the semi-monthly "Soy Source (ソイソース)".
We are very grateful that they are supporting Japan Fair with both publications!

We also can't go without saying that we are very fortunate to have support from the Hokubei Hochi (North American Post) Foundation (HHF) to be the parent organization of Japan Fair! Without them, the two day festival may not have happened this year.


Check out more about the North American Post and Soy Source through their English Wikipedia Page, Japanese Wikipedia Page, North American Post Facebook Page, and Soy Source Facebook Page.
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Founded in 1902, North American Post Publishing has been serving as voice of the Nikkei and Japanese community in the Pacific Northwest for 115 years. We publishes weekly bilingual newspaper “North American Post (北米報知)” and semi-monthly Japanese community magazine “Soy Source (ソイソース).”  Our missions include celebrating Japanese culture and Nikkei history in Seattle. We aim to bridge Nikkei and Japanese communities in the Seattle/Bellevue area through our publications.  Please find Soy Source and North American Post copies at Japanese restaurants and glossary stores. Or visit our web site SoySourece.net and Napost.com.
#ブログ #MM #MediaMonday #NorthAmericanPost #NAPost #SoySource #Japanfair2017 #japanfair

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【Fran's Chocolates】~Market Place Booth~

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【Fran's Chocolates】~Market Place Booth~

Isn't your mouth just watering seeing these pictures of the gorgeous chocolates?
We are more than happy to welcome back Fran's Chocolates to Japan Fair!

Fran's Chocolates will be collaborating with Heiando again this year! Take a look at Heiando's blog post as well.

Come to Japan Fair 2017 to see the beautiful collaboration of Fran's Chocolates and Heiando!

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Fran Bigelow’s passion for chocolates began with her first taste of French confections in 1969. The pure flavors and simple, yet exquisite ingredients captivated her senses unlike anything she had experienced. In 1982, she opened her first patisserie and chocolate shop in Seattle, finding special satisfaction in sharing the pure joy of chocolates with her customers. Her pursuit of perfection led to intense, exquisite confections and earned Fran’s a following that has never stopped growing and has expanded to international recognition. Devotion to furthering the art of chocolate is reflected in every recipe and method, and each confection is made in small batches with meticulous care and skill.
#ブログ #FransChocolate #Frans #Chocolate #Japanfair2017 #japanfair #MarketPlace

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【All Nippon Airways】~Market Place Booth~

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【All Nippon Airways】~Market Place Booth~

We are very pleased to have All Nippon Airways (ANA) back at Japan Fair!

ANA has been very supportive of Japan Fair and we are very grateful. For the second year in a row, ANA has donated Japan Fair with round trip tickets to Japan for two! The round trip tickets will be one of the raffle grand prizes, so come and buy your raffle tickets at Japan Fair for a chance to win! Stay tuned for details on the raffle.

Japan’s only 5 star airline awarded by Skytrax. ANA presents world class service on the state-of-the- art aircraft, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, daily from Seattle to Tokyo and Asia.

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【ANA Inspiration of Japan】Experience world class service and a delightful journey in the skies with Japan’s only 5-star airline. Enjoy the ANA style of hospitality and service known as Omotenashi at every step of your travels. Fly the cutting-edge Boeing 787 Dreamliner daily from Seattle to Tokyo and many other Asian cities. ANA welcomes you aboard!
#ブログ #AllNipponAirways #ANA #Japanfair2017 #japanfair #MarketPlace

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【Banshu Soroban・Daiichi】~Community Friends Booth~

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【Banshu Soroban・Daiichi】~Community Friends Booth~

Banshu Soroban (Japanese Wiki) is a kind of abacus made mainly in Ono city of Hyogo, Japan. They have a history of over 400 years and account for 70% of all the abacuses in Japan.
Daiichi Corp. has been making Banshu Soroban since 1909.

At Japan Fair 2017, Banshu Soroban・Daiichi's booth will allow Japan Fair visitors to make their own abacus!
Sign up for the workshop by emailing Tetsuya Sano at info@step-education.com. Learn more by reading their flyer.


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The Banshu Soroban has a history of more than 400 years.
Daiichi Corp. is an abacus making business established in 1909.
You can experience making your abacus at Japan Fair.
We will introduce the new abacus at Japan Fair.
Please come to Banshu Soroban & Daiichi Corp.'s booth.
#ブログ #BanshuSoroban #Daiichi #Soroban #Abacus #Japanfair2017 #japanfair #CommunityFriends

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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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