Cultural Events

Let’s Demystify Kimono


The topic of last month’s “Yen for Japan” meetup event was tea ceremony.  Many thanks for those who came. What is the topic of this month?  I think you guessed right. It’s kimono. What does Kimono really look like? What is underneath Kimono? How to put it on? You may have a lot of questions …

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Enjoy Matcha and Chocolates

The 8th Senses from Japan event is coming up! Many thanks to Fran’s Chocolates for hosting once again this 4-day showcase dedicated to sharing Japan’s rich traditions exquisite craftsmanship and artistry. Watch a traditional tea ceremony, try making your own matcha green tea, and shop the Heiando America urushi lacquerware popup shop. And there will …

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Beautiful, of or without, Color

Takafumi Asakura

The fifth Seattle Art Fair was held from August 1 through 4 at Centurylink Field Event Center this year.  It is a wonderful opportunity for us Seattleites to enjoy contemporary art from all over the world without traveling far.  Inside the event venue, you are immersed with beautiful objects.  Step outside, you can hear the …

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Awa Odori – Japan’s Largest Dance Festival

When I learned that Japan Fair will feature Awa Odori this year, I had two reasons to be excited about. First, of course, because Awa Odori Festival is claimed to be the largest dance festival in Japan.  Awa Odori is a traditional Japanese dance that started in 1586 in Tokushima Prefecture.  When Tokushima Prefecture hosts …

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