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September 18, 2006
Fun for this Weekend:Japanfest - 20th Anniversary

Don't Miss The JAPANFEST this weekend!

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September 23-24, 2006
Where: Stone Mountain Park

Atlanta, GA -
JapanFest is held in the wide-open spaces of Stone Mountain Park. The festival is organized by The Japan-America Society of Georgia (JASG) and The Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Georgia (JCCG), and supported by the Consulate General of Japan. The "JapanFest Weekend" is the highlight of a month-long series of events designed to promote understanding between Japanese and Americans in the Southeast.
The festival celebrates the anniversary of the U.S.-Japan relationship. In 1853, Commodore Perry's visit to Japan opened relations between the two nations with the signing of the Treaty of Amity in 1854. Stephen Sondheim used Commodore Perry's visit as the basis for his musical, Pacific Overtures. This same theme will be running throughout the festival, with several activities planned.
Among the featured attractions at JapanFest Weekend are taiko drummers; Japanese street performer and "fantasy dreammaker" candy artist Masaji Terasawa, who creates taffy-like edible flowers and animals; traditional Japanese and Okinawan dances and koto music; several different forms of martial arts demonstrations including aikido, judo, karate, kendo, kyudo, shinkendo and sumo; koi (carp) competitions and bonsai displays and workshops. Additionally, there will be opportunities to witness a tea ceremony, observe a calligraphy demonstration, play the game of igo and learn flower arranging.

Visitors can purchase Japanese knick-knacks at the Ginza-dori, named after Tokyo's famous shopping district. Items include Japanese ceramics, traditional Japanese clothing and accessories and fun items such as masks and toys. Festival attendees can also sample a wide selection of Japanese cuisine. Children can also attend kite-making workshops, learn origami and join in fun games.

Several of the more than 320 Japanese businesses located in Georgia will display their products at the Made in Georgia exposition. Along with a display of their products, company representatives will be on hand to answer questions.

Selected as a Top 20 Event in the region by the Southeast Tourism Society in previous years, JapanFest Weekend attracted approximately 20,000 visitors in 2003. JapanFest provides the opportunity to experience many facets of the Japanese culture without traveling further east than Georgia's Stone Mountain Park. The event is open to the public. Festival attendees are encouraged to wear Japanese attire. $5.00 admission fee

For more information, call 404.842.0736

Posted by Mrs. Baylor

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