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【Hello Sushi Store】~Market Place Booth~

【Hello Sushi St... 【Hello Sushi St...
【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


【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..
#ブログ #DarleneDihel #Japanfair2017 #japanfair #ArtsandCulture


【ArtRise Dance】~Community Friends Booth~

【ArtRise Dance】... 【ArtRise Dance】...
【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!

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


【Heiando】~Market Place Booth~

【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.

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
Japan Fair Website
Japan Fair Facebook
#ブログ #Heiando #Japanfair2017 #japanfair #MarketPlace


【Throwback Thursday】Booths From Across the Pacific

【Throwback Thur... 【Throwback Thur...
【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


【Keiro Northwest】~Community Friends Booth~

【Keiro Northwes... 【Keiro Northwes...
【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.

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.

(Top Right)
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!

(Bottom Left)
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.

(Bottom Right)
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


【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


【Edo Woodblocks】~Market Place Booth~

【Edo Woodblocks...
【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


【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!

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
Learn more about bonsai!
#PugetSoundBonsaiAssociation #PSBA #PSBAbonsai #Japanfair2017 #japanfair


【Throwback Thursday】Martial Arts

【Throwback Thur...
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:
Shōrinji Kempō

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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