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Japanese Culture Blossomed in Seattle

School of Taiko and members together on stage.

The 41st Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival drew thousands of visitors from the Greater Seattle area to experience the culture of the Japanese and Japanese American community.

The festival featured dozens of community, cultural and food booths, educational programs through film screening and lectures and stage performances. Guests to the event included English Rakugo performer Kanariya Eiraku and his troupe, Minori Nago and Utako Ishikawa of the Okinawa musical and dance performers, Masanori Baba, director of the Koda Farm documentary “Seeds – The Life of the Rice King and His Kin” and Wesley Julian and Daniel Martin of Great East Japan Earthquake documentary “113 Project.”

Rakugo performer Kanariya Eiraku<br >performs his English Rakugo

The Japan Foundation also premiered its new travel exhibit “Yakishime – Earth Metamorphosis” in Seattle.

The festival reception was held on April 22 at the Seattle Center and hosted by the Consulate General of Japan in Seattle. Takeyuki Suetsugu of Bistro Satsuma received a certificate from Japan`s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries as a new Japanese Cuisine Goodwill Ambassador. Oshu Go, who has worked to strengthen economic ties between Japan and Washington State as a Port of Seattle staff, was also awarded the Consul General’s Commendation

ujima<br >Fujimine Ensemble performs on stage
Te a c e r emo n y<br >demonstration
Nago<br >Midori and Utako Ishikawa from<br >Okinawa on stage
Seattle<br >Japanese Language school students<br >sing songs on stage
Director Masanori<br >Baba appears in the festival for the<br >screening of Seeds The Life of<br >the Rice King and His Kin
The Japan Foundations<br >travel exhibit Yakishime premiers<br >in Seattle The exhibit will continue<br >through May 1
Community members join<br >an effor t on the KumamotoOita<br >earthquake relief


Local artists including Aki<br >Sogabe and Midori Kono Thiel are<br >featured at the festival
A festival food stand<br >sells Sushi Burritos
Seattle Seido Karate demonstrates<br >on stage
Amira<br >Abdel Fat tah a Gar f ield High<br >School seninior wins the Level 4<br >speech division in the 33rd Annual<br >Washington State Japanese Speech<br > Skit Contest last Friday
Pacif ic Nor thwest<br >Kendo Federation on stage Photo<br >by Eugene Tagawa below right<br >Budokan Dojo demonstrates on<br >stage
More photos can be seen in both<br >English and Japanese pages 1