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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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Picture Descriptions

(Top Left)
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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【Edo Woodblocks】~Market Place Booth~

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【Edo Woodblocks】~Market Place Booth~

Ron Valle’s captivation with Japanese Woodblock Prints (Ukiyo-E) began when he purchased his first prints at an antique shop during his first year living in Japan. The level of artistry, skill and collaboration involved in making a single print is astonishing. Each print is entirely hand made and involves the work of at least a half-dozen artisans. The paper is made from Mulberry bark, the pigments are primarily organic, made from flowers, charcoal, and minerals. The images are of course hand drawn, carved out of woodblocks, and printed by hand using up to 10 blocks of wood for a single print. A separate block of wood is needed for each color.

Knowing that these prints were produced and circulated during the time when Samurai, Geisha, and an empowered merchant class walked the streets of Japan gives them a magical quality. And when you consider the intimate details of Edo period life depicted in the images, it is as close to a time machine as you can get. It has been 20 years since the purchase of those first prints, and his passion for Ukiyoe has only increased. He now lives in Shanghai with his wife and daughter. They return to the US each summer to share what they know about Edo period Japan and the amazing art form that is Ukiyoe.

Come see and get your hands on the Edo Woodblocks at Japan Fair 2017!
#EdoWoodblocks #Ukiyoe #Japanfair2017 #japanfair

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【Puget Sound Bonsai Association】~Art and Culture Booth~

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We are welcoming Puget Sound Bonsai Association back to have a booth at Japan Fair 2017!

Some of the oldest bonsai have been around for over a millennium!

Although grown in very small pots, bonsai are living trees, pruned and grown to contain the beautiful details of nature.
The beauty of bonsai has no rules, as each one is unlike any other. Different bonsai will appeal to different people. Come find your favorite at Puget Sound Bonsai Association's booth at Japan Fair 2017!

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The Puget Sound Bonsai Association was formed in 1973 and is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the education of its members and the general public in the art and culture of bonsai. Club members have bonsai experience that ranges from beginner to recognized experts in the art. The PSBA holds regularly scheduled club meetings featuring demonstrations and educational programs by nationally recognized bonsai artists.
PSBA Website
PSBA Facebook
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Learn more about bonsai!
#PugetSoundBonsaiAssociation #PSBA #PSBAbonsai #Japanfair2017 #japanfair

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【Throwback Thursday】Martial Arts

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Last year, the martial arts booth showed us that even a small child can overpower a grown man!

Well known martial arts in Japan include but are not limited to:
Bushidō
Karate
Jūdō
Iaidō
Kendō
Kyūdō
Jōdō
Aikidō
Shōrinji Kempō
Naginatajutsu

Martial arts isn't just for self-defense, but can be elegant and philosophical.
To learn more about the beauty of martial arts, come to Japan Fair 2017 to check out their booth and demonstration!
#tbt #MartialArts #Japanfair2017 #japanfair

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【Event: Kyoto Art and Antique】April 27th - May 7th Open Warehouse Sale

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Kyoto Art and Antique will be hosting an open warehouse sale starting tomorrow! It will go on for 11 whole days!
We are grateful for Kyoto Art and Antique to allow us to place our flyers at the event. They have also supported us with a donation for Japan Fair 2017!

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Event: Kyoto Art and Antique Open Warehouse Sale
Date/Time: Thursday April 27th - Sunday, May 7th
11am - 7pm

Kyoto Art and Antique: http://www.kyotoartandantiques.com/
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#KyotoArtandAntique #Japanfair2017 #japanfair

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【SUBARU】 ~Market Place Booth~

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【SUBARU】 ~Market Place Booth~
SUBARU CORPORATION / North American SUBARU, Inc. (NASI)

Subaru of America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Subaru Corporation of Japan. Headquartered at a zero-landfill office in Cherry Hill, N.J., the company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of more than 620 retailers across the United States. All Subaru products are manufactured in zero-landfill production plants and Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. is the only U.S. automobile production plant to be designated a backyard wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. For additional information visit media.subaru.com. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
#SUBARU #Subaru #NASI #japanfair #Japanfair2017

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【Enfu】~Arts & Culture Booth~

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 【Enfu】  ~Arts & Culture Booth~

Ken "Enfu" Taya enjoys his day job in the video game industry as an art director, and has worked on titles ranging in style from Halo 3, (XBO 360) to Scribblenauts Unmasked (WiiU, PC, 3DS) to name a few. His commissioned illustrations and murals can be seen in stores and restaurants across the Pacific Northwest, and his popular Enfu Sticker Line has been adorning any surface it finds its way onto.
#Enfu #Japanfair2017 #japanfair

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【Throwback Thursday】Kimono Art Show Video

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Starting this week, we would like to share last year's Japan Fair memories every Thursday. For this week, please revisit these beautiful kimono designs with us! Look forward to another fashion show we are hosting with Kimono Art at Japan Fair 2017!

For Japan Fair 2017, our theme is #Tanabata. It's a perfect opportunity to wear yukata/kimono to the event!

https://youtu.be/ve05pfLaxdk
 ・Executive director Yu Ugawa/ 鵜川 有
 ・Supported by KIMONO ART, NPO法人愛loveきもの幸の会
#JapanFair2017 #tbt #kimonoart #fashionshow

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