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【Tomo Angie Hoku】~Japan Fair 2017 MC~

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【Tomo Angie Hoku】~Japan Fair 2017 MC~

Japan Fair is proud to announce that Tomo "Angie" Hoku will be returning as our MC for the Main Stage!

Tomo (AKA Angie) has been a bilingual emcee for many years in both Hawaii and Seattle, doing various events involving Hawaiian music, hula, information technology and/or food & hospitality industries. She also works as an event promoter: she has done many Hawaiian- and Japanese-related events, and more recently is supporting Bollywood (Indian) events in the Puget Sound area. She also consults with local restaurants, training staff to provide the best in customer service.

Tomo works freelance as an interpreter and translator as well as a tour coordinator, and is also a regular contributor as a travel writer for a Japanese magazine. And as if those gigs aren't keeping her busy enough, she occasionally (and secretly?) appears as Clara, the famous Ivar's Dancing Clam. 

Tomo is very excited to be part of Japan Fair 2017. Please come talk stories with her in Japanese, English, Hawaiian, Hindi or "Mollusk". 

トモ(アンジー)は、ハワイとシアトルを拠点に、バイリンガル司会者として、ハワイアン音楽やフラダンス、IT産業やフード&ホスピタリティ業界などの分野で活躍中。また、インド/ボリウッド関係のイベントのプロモーター、また、カスタマーサービスのプロフェッショナルとして、シアトル界隈のローカルレストランでの、店頭トレーニングなどにも力を注いでいます。

通訳者&翻訳者としてのキャリアも長く、またツアー・コーディネータとして、そして数々の旅の経験から、ツアー・ライターとしての顔も持っている、忙しい彼女。さらには、老舗レストランIvar's のマスコット、”ダンシング・クラム”として踊りながら、ホスピタリティ業務を極めているのだとか。

ジャパンフェア2017に司会として参加できることを光栄に感じているトモ、会場で彼女を見かけたら、ぜひ日本語、英語、ハワイ語、ヒンディー語、または”アサリ語”で気軽に話しかけてみてくださいね。
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【Community Table】

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【Community Table】

An addition from last year's fair, we are having a Community Table section in the lobby for the advertisement of our community!

Across the entrances of the main hall, there will be tables set up where many flyers will be placed. Everyone is welcome to stop by the tables and grab a flyer or two. For anyone who has a flyer to distribute, you may leave your flyers on the table!

Specifically at the Community Tables, we will be selling two items. The first item is ENMA t-shirts! ENMA is the organization that ran Aki-Matsuri for 18 years before Japan Fair. Get a t-shirt before they run out!
The second item is a book on remote nursing by Kiyoko Kakutani. Nursing for your elderly parents in Japan is becoming a larger problem with the older generation rapidly growing in population. However, Kiyoko's book explains the possibilities of nursing for your parents remotely.

As you come into Japan Fair or as you leave, please stop by and have a peek at what the community tables have lined up!
#ブログ #Community #Table #CommunityTable #Japanfair2017 #japanfair #japan

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【10 Days Left】~Countdown~

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【10 Days Left】~Countdown~

It's almost here! We have 10 days left until Japan Fair 2017!

Japan Fair 2017 will be held at the Meydenbauer Center on Saturday, July 8th from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday, July 9th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

There will be over 60 exhibitors, 16 performances on the main stage, and more than 25 workshops and seminars. And guess what? They're all free!

Admission is free as well! What's stopping you from coming to Japan Fair? We hope to see you there!
#ブログ #gif #10days #10daysleft #countdown #Japanfair2017 #japanfair #japan

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【KIMONO ART】~Arts and Culture Booth~

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【KIMONO ART】~Arts and Culture Booth~

Welcome back to Japan Fair, KIMONO ART!

KIMONO ART had a booth last year as well and displayed many beautiful kimono to all the visitors. They even had a kimono fashion show! Want to see more pictures of the kimono fashion show? There's a lot of pictures in our gallery!

This year, they will have a seminar, performance on the main stage, and a booth as well!

They will be on the main stage on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. expressing the beauty of Japan to the visitors of Japan Fair.
Their seminar will be on the Saturday at 2:00 p.m. If you want to learn how to do your hair when you wear kimono, this seminar is perfect for you!

Come to Japan Fair 2017 to enjoy all the things KIMONO ART will be doing for the visitors!

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KIMONO ART provides beautiful rental kimonos, dress-up services, photography, kimono cleaning and repair services to introduce you to the enchanting world of kimonos and propose new ways to enjoy them within the western lifestyle.
#ブログ #KIMONOART #kimono #performance #seminar #Japanfair2017 #japanfair #japan

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【Mini Demo Stage】

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【Mini Demo Stage】

Across from the Main Stage this year, there will be two mini stages where several demonstrations will happen, similar to last year.

On the first stage, there will be Tea Ceremonies happening throughout both days. Saturday's Tea Ceremony demonstrations will be hosted by Chanoyu Seattle Omotesenke-Ryu. Demonstration times are at 10:45 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 1:15 p.m., 2:45 p.m., and 3:45 p.m.
The Tea Ceremony demonstrations for Sunday will be hosted by Chado Urasenke Tankokai Seattle Association. Demonstration times will be at 11:15 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:15 p.m., 2:15 p.m., and 3:15 p.m.
Omotesenke and Urasenke, thinking they sound similar? There's a reason for that! Both Omotesenke and Urasenke are two of the three families that consider themselves founded by Sen Rikyū. Omote means "front" in Japanese while ura means "back". No, they aren't opposites or enemies of each other. They have these names because the tea houses faced the front street or the back street.



On Mini Stage 2, ikebana and bonsai demonstrations will be happening on both days. Saturday's ikebana demonstration will happen from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., followed by the bonsai demonstration from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Sunday's demonstrations will be switched with bonsai going from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m followed by ikebana from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Don't get them confused!
The ikebana demonstrations will be held by Ikebana International while the bonsai demonstrations will be held by Puget Sound Bonsai Association (PSBA).

We are very grateful for all of the organizations hosting a demonstration to show everyone the traditional Japanese culture!
#ブログ #Demonstrations #MiniDemoStage #MiniStage #Bonsai #Ikebana #Tea #Japanfair2017 #japanfair #japan

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【JCCCW】~Community Friends Booth~

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【JCCCW】~Community Friends Booth~

What does JCCCW stand for? Good question. It stands for Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington! Welcome back to Japan Fair!



JCCCW is an organization that is committed to preserving, promoting, and sharing Japanese and Japanese American culture and heritage. They do so by creating, funding, and supporting multicultural and inter-generational education that celebrates diversity, art, culture, and language. They honor both the contributions and the challenges of the Pacific Northwest Issei and Nisei generations by offering publications, family legacy projects, and the Northwest Nikkei Museum.

They even run a Japanese Resale Shop called Hosekibako which means treasure chest in Japanese! I'm sure you can find a lot of treasures there.

Come see them at Japan Fair again this year!

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The Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington is a lively, intergenerational gathering place and destination in the Pacific Northwest, where people of all backgrounds learn Japanese language and traditional arts, celebrate Japanese and Japanese American history and culture, and build intercultural understanding.
#ブログ #JCCCW #Treasure #Japanfair2017 #japanfair #japan #CommunityFriends

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【Ornament】~Japan Fair Merchandise~

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【Ornament】~Japan Fair Merchandise~

At Japan Fair 2017, there will be Japan Fair limited merchandise!
The ornament will be sold at the information booth near the entrances in the main exhibit hall. Each one will be $25, and only 50 of them will be available!

We are happy to say that Kusak Cut Glass Works has made this ornament for us, and Shizu Usami, a professional Japanese calligrapher, to write the kanji for us.

The kanji can be read as "ayumu". Ayumu means for things to be moving forward. As long as you don't give up, everything will move forward with even one small step at a time.

Get the limited Japan Fair ornament for yourself, your friends, or your family, but especially for the memories of the fair.
#ブログ #ornament #steps #merchandise #Japanfair2017 #japanfair #japan

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【Raffle】~Raffle Prizes~

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【Raffle】~Raffle Prizes~

There are many prizes in our Festival Raffle and Airline Raffle this year. We are very thankful for all of the companies and organizations who have donated to support Japan Fair!

For the Festival Raffle, we have received gift certificates from Kiku Sushi, Kizuki Ramen, Wellness One of Eastgate, Schwartz Brothers, Le Campagne, and Sushi Kappo Tamura.

For the Airline Raffle, we will be giving out two pairs of roundtrip tickets from Delta and ANA!

The Festival Raffle Tickets will be sold at 1 for $5, 5 for $20, and 11 for $40!
The Airline Raffle Tickets will be sold at 1 for $20 and 3 for $50!

Come to Japan Fair 2017 and buy some raffle tickets to win an irreplaceable experience!
#ブログ #Raffle #Festival #Airline #win #roundtrip #Japanfair2017 #japanfair #japan

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【Pepper the Robot】

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【Pepper the Robot】

Do you know Pepper? No, not salt and pepper! Pepper the robot! He’s a human-shaped robot that can talk, react, and interact with humans!

He’s not an ordinary robot either. Pepper is able to perceive your emotions! Isn’t that amazing?

Pepper will be coming to Japan Fair 2017!

Pepper the robot can be seen in many different places in Japan. Of course, Softbank stores have Pepper since Softbank Robotics is the one that invented Pepper. Aside from their own stores, Pepper can be found in banks and many other stores. Recently, Pepper has even become part of Japanese families in their homes. Since Pepper is able to perceive emotions, his personality changes based on the family and their interactions with him. If you talk to him often and treat him like a family member, he’ll have a lively, outgoing personality.

When Pepper comes to Japan Fair 2017, it will be his first time coming to the Pacific Northwest! Besides from having a booth where you can interact with Pepper, he will be hosting a seminar with the Pepper Engineer Team. The seminar will be held on Saturday, July 8th at 3:30 p.m. and on Sunday, July 9th at 12:00 p.m. Come by on either day to learn more about Pepper.

Don’t miss your chance to talk and interact with Pepper! And don’t forget to give him a warm welcome so he comes back to Seattle! Look, Pepper’s calling for you to come, too!

#ブログ #Pepper #Robot #Softbank #Japanfair2017 #japanfair #japan

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【Sake One & Hakutsuru】~Market Place Booth~

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【Sake One & Hakutsuru】~Market Place Booth~

Did you see the Benefit Dinner post earlier? At the dinner, there will be complimentary Hakutsuru Sake offered by Saké One.

We are very grateful for both of their support.

The sake that Sake One has offered at the dinner is Hakutsuru Nishiki Junmai Daiginjo. This sake has won the Monde Selection Grand Gold Quality Award for the past 7 years from 2009 to 2016.



Sake One started as an importer of sake from Japan in the 90s, until soon becoming a sake brewery as well. Now, Sake One is one of only six sake brewery in America, and also imports the finest sake from Japan.

Both companies will have a booth at Japan Fair, so stop by and have a taste of their sake!

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Hakutsuru Saké:


Japan's #1 Selling Brand
Founded in 1743, Hakutsuru is one of the oldest saké producers in Japan and is located in the Nada district of Kobe,  a leading saké production area known throughout Japan. The name Hakutsuru means “white crane”. The Japanese crane’s reserved character and graceful appearance, and the cultural association of seeing the crane in flight as an auspicious sign, made the crane an ideal symbol to represent the excellent quality of Hakutsuru’s saké.

SakéOne:


Founded in 1992 and based in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, SakéOne is both a craft saké producer as well as an importer of premium Japanese saké. Our Oregon Craft brands include Momokawa, G Saké and our flavor-infused Moonstone saké. We currently represent six breweries from Japan including the category leader Hakutsuru Saké Brewing from Kobe. SakéOne will continue to add producers from a variety of prefectures in order to represent the most diverse and comprehensive saké portfolio in the trade. Our mission is to raise the national consciousness relative to premium saké, and to provide our customers outstanding and consistent products and service.
#ブログ #SakeOne #Hakutsuru #Sake #Alcohol #Japanfair2017 #japanfair #japan

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