Japan Fair wants to see your dance moves!
Japan Fair — a two-day celebration of Japanese art, culture, cuisine, and business — will come to Bellevue’s Meydenbauer Center on the last weekend of June. The annual festival is free and open to all (Parking at Meydenbauer Center is not free). This year’s fair will feature an Awa Odori dance lesson and contest, special guests from Japan, a marketplace, live performances, and a host of cultural workshops on everything from izakaya restaurants to manga translation. The festival is family friendly with plenty of activities for children and lots of festival food to try….
“A life of no regrets with Awa Odori”
Interview with Seventh Gojyahei Leader Hideaki Oka
The Gojyahei ren, or Awa Odori dance team, was formed in 1946. Hideaki Oka, the seventh-generation ren leader of the historic team that has danced the Awa Odori at the Expo 70 in Osaka in 1970 and the 80th birthday celebration for Emperor Akihito in 2014, will deliver a dance lesson at Japan Fair on June 29th. The following day, an Awa Odori dance contest will be held. Looking forward to this big weekend of events, we talked to Mr. Oka about the activities of Gojyahei and the deep meaning behind the Awa Odori. Read more……
- Beginning of the 100 Year-Life Era: Dreams and Challenges – by Kyota Omori
- Rediscover Japanese Delicacies – Onigiri lecture by Reiko Yamada
- Mirror of Memory: Music of Remembrance – by Mina Miller, Artistic Director of MOR
- TOTO USA
- CHERRYSTONE by MARKET TO JAPAN
- Seattle Izakaya and Noodle Team Kuze Fuku & Sons by St. Cousair, Inc.
- Noevir USA
- Necchu Schools
- Other Exhibitors
NHK WORLD-JAPAN DOCUMENTARY
NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) is Japan’s sole public broadcaster. Its international television service NHK WORLD-JAPAN joins Japan Fair this year screening two documentary movies. It will also host an exhibitor booth (#703) to introduce its broadcasting services in the Seattle area.
- A Vanished Dream: Wartime Story of My Japanese Grandfather (49 min / English)
- Emperor Akihito – Part 1: Crown Prince of a Defeated Nation (73 min / English)
SUPPORT JAPAN FAIR
Japan Fair is operated by a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization Asunaro and relies on donations and volunteers to pull off this massive annual undertaking. When you purchase a raffle ticket, Friends of Japan Gala ticket, and original event T-shirt, you are supporting the financing of next year’s Japan Fair.
- Raffle Tickets
- Friends of Japan Gala
- Japan Fair T-shirt
- Volunteer Sign-up
JAPAN FAIR 2019
・Japan Fair wants to see your dance moves!/Main・Mini Stage Schedule
・INTERVIEW: “A life of no regrets with Awa Odori”
・Featured Seminars/Seminar Schedule
・Featured Exhibitors/Hall Map
・Support Japan Fair
Saturday, June 29th 10:00am – 6:00pm
Sunday, June 30th 10:00am – 5:00pm
11100 NE. 6th St., Bellevue, WA 98004