10:00 am to 6:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday, April 14 & 15
Special from Japan! Spectacular award-winning performance by Tsugaru shamisen group ABEYA at Benaroya Hall.
7:30 pm, Friday, April 13, at the Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall, 3rd and Union, Downtown Seattle.
Tickets ON SALE: $10
Online: http://www.seattlesymphony.org/or call (206) 215-4747
SPECIAL APPEARANCE and lectures by Japanese astronaut Naoko Yamazaki who bloomed cherry blossoms from Seattle in outer space. Enjoy her lectures on April 13 at 11:30 am and 1:30 pm and see her also at the Opening Ceremony at 4:00 pm!
A rare kugo harp performance by Tomoko Sugawara!
The kugo is an ancient angular harp that came to Japan via the Silk Road. See her live performances at the Fisher Pavilion, Seattle Center from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm, Saturday, April 14, and from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm, Sunday, April 15.
Delicious yakisoba from the “B-kyu” (Comfort Gourmet) league gourmet champion team from Fujinomiya, Japan. They will prepare their special Mt. Fuji yakisoba noodles on April 14 and 15. They will use 240 lbs of cabbage and prepare their delicious yakisoba for Seattleites! Featured foods include takoyaki (octopus cake), gyudon (beef bowl), Japanese-style hot dogs, bento-boxes, and manju sweets.
Visit the staff of the Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle! At our booth you can enter the Consulate-General of Japan’s first ever spring haiku contest and learn about traditional Japanese armor. This year’s haiku contest theme is: “The Centennial Celebration of the Gift of Cherry Trees.”
• Updates on March 11 Earthquake/Tsunami Recovery progress.
• Readings commemorating the 70th anniversary since Internment.
• Hapa identity and Cultural Traditions in youth.
Exhibits and Demonstrations:
• Over 60 Traditional Arts and Crafts.
• Over 30 Traditional Performing Arts/ Martial Arts including Taiko Drummers.
• Many Kid’s oriented hands-on activities. The Passport Game is back!
• Sustainable Resource and Eco-Sense technology.