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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
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

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Fujimine Ensemble performs on stage. [
Te a c e r emo n y
demonstration.
Nago
Midori and Utako Ishikawa from
Okinawa on stage.
Seattle
Japanese Language school students
sing songs on stage.
Director Masanori
Baba appears in the festival for the
screening of “Seeds – The Life of
the Rice King and His Kin.”.
The Japan Foundation’s
travel exhibit “Yakishime” premiers
in Seattle. The exhibit will continue
through May 1.
Community members join
an effor t on the Kumamoto/Oita
earthquake relief.

 

Local artists including Aki
Sogabe and Midori Kono Thiel are
featured at the festival.
A festival food stand
sells Sushi Burritos.
Seattle Seido Karate demonstrates
on stage.
Amira
Abdel -Fat tah, a Gar f ield High
School seninior, wins the Level 4
speech division in the 33rd Annual
Washington State Japanese Speech
& Skit Contest last Friday
Pacif ic Nor thwest
Kendo Federation on stage. Photo
by Eugene Tagawa. [below right]
Budokan Dojo demonstrates on
stage.
More photos can be seen in both
English and Japanese pages 1.
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The North American Post is a community newspaper that celebrates Japanese culture in the Greater Seattle area. Founded by 1st generation Japanese-Americans in 1902, the publication is one of the oldest minority-owned newspapers in the region. Today, with bilingual articles in English and Japanese, the publication connects readers with diverse cultural backgrounds to Seattle’s Japanese community. Our articles include local news, event calendars, restaurant reviews, Japanese cooking recipes, community interviews, and more.