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First Japan Fair a Success

School of Taiko performs on stage in the Japan Fair 2016 on Sunday. Photo by Teruyo Koshimiya/ Soy Source

By The North American Post Staff

Tens of thousands of visitors attended Japan Fair 2016 at Meydenbauer Center last weekend to experience a showcase of Japan’s business, culture and art as well as various local community activities. According to a fair representative, the food at the fair was all sold out. The event was very successful in its shift towards focusing on business from the popular Aki Matsuri, a Japanese cultural festival that ran in the Eastside for 18 years by Eastside Nihon Matsuri Association (ENMA)

“This first Japan Fair was the most uncertaint and you have helped in overcoming the challenge,” Japan Fair 2016 Committee states. “As we close the page on Japan Fair 2016, at the same time, we are preparing to open the door for the next year’s event with new leadership.”

The fair, run as an ENMA program only this year, is expected to take place again next year and far into the future. The fair committee added that having a different and new leader each year will be key in order “to sustain the freshness of the event and to reach different participants and audience.”

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