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【handarbete】~Arts and Culture Booth~

【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.

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


【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!

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。


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。


For more information for Booking CHIKIRI & SOT performances & Join SOT classes : www.japancreativearts.com
Bellevue World Taiko Festival
School of Taiko Facebook Page
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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?
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.
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【Crystal Angels】~Arts and Culture Booth~

【Crystal Angels...
【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!

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

【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!

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.

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

【Darlene Dihel ...
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!

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..
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