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Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival
April 26-28, 2013
Armory / Center House Main Floor, Fisher Pavilion
http://www.seattlecenter.com/festal/detail.aspx?id=4

Festal - Cherry Blossom - Child Dancing


Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival

Explore and experience the cultural roots and contemporary influences of Japan through live performances, visual arts, hands-on activities, foods and games. This feast for the senses features Taiko drumming and artisan demonstrations. This year, the Festival will attempt to create a Guinness World Record with the Japanese Abacus Challenge of the Super Computer.

The 38th annual Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival focuses on the theme of Numbers. Did you know that the name "Google" was adopted from the word "Googol," which signifies the number digit – One, followed by 100 zeros? Do you know how many zeros a "Nivenonagintillion" contains? The Festival delves into these and other numeric fascinations. It also will attempt to create a new Guinness World Record involving a challenge between a Japanese Abacus device called Soroban and the Super Computer.

Additional Festival highlights:

  • U.S. premiere – TOHOKU Through the Eyes of Japanese photography exhibit, sponsored by Japan Foundation;
  • Aquaphoto Concert by underwater photographer-singer, Hiroshi Takano of Osaka, Japan, sponsored by Japan Foundation;
  • Dance and music by the Nago Minori troupe of Okinawa, Japan;
  • Over 60 traditional arts and crafts;
  • Over 30 traditional performing arts / martial arts including Taiko Drummers;
  • Many child oriented hands-on activities including The Kid’s Passport;
  • Japanese foods including: curry-rice (Japanese style curry), Takoyaki (octopus dumplings), Gyudon (beef bowl), Japanese hot dog, Bento-Box, Manju sweets and gourmet cookies;
  • Updates on the 2011 Erthquake/Tsunami recovery.

The Festival was founded in appreciation of 1,000 cherry trees gifted to Seattle by Prime Minister Takeo Miki on behalf of the Japanese government in commemoration of the nation’s bicentennial. It is the first ethnic festival to be held at Seattle Center annually and the oldest in the Seattle Center Festál series.

Presented by the Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival Committee.

Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival
P.O. Box 9311
Seattle, WA 98109
206-723-2003
http://www.seattlecenter.com/festal/detail.aspx?id=4


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