Japan Summerfest returns this month

By From page A3 | August 01, 2014

FAIRFIELD — A fundraiser to benefit Fairfield’s sister-city exchange program returns this month for its second year.

Japan Summerfest will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 16 at the Fairfield Community Center, 1000 Kentucky St.

The event will include performances and activities for all ages, as well as food from Texas Roadhouse, according to a press release about the event. Performers include a local traditional Japanese dance group, as well as Okinawan dance and taiko groups. Children and families can learn origami, calligraphy and many other aspects of traditional Japanese culture. Experts on bonsai cultivation and ikebana, the art of flower arrangement, will be in attendance as well. There will also be a raffle of local and Japanese goods.

Proceeds from last year’s event made it possible for the program to host six Japanese students and a chaperone this past winter, continuing a 27 year tradition of winter and summer student exchanges between Fairfield and Nirasaki, Japan, according to the press release.

The Fairfield-Nirasaki Sister City Program is a nonprofit organization run by volunteers from local communities who want to cultivate cultural understanding between Americans and Japanese at a citizen level. The program began 43 years ago as a basic sister-city relationship between the cities of Fairfield and Nirasaki, Yamanashi, Japan. For the past 27 years, adults or students from the Fairfield area traveled to Nirasaki and adults and students have come to Fairfield from Japan.

The program receives no outside assistance and is dependent on donations.

Tickets for this year’s Japan Summerfest are available for purchase online at www.japansummerfest2014.brownpapertickets.com and from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the Fairfield Community Center. Children 4 and younger are free.

For more information about the second annual Japan Summerfest, contact Kelley Cortright by email at [email protected] or by phone at 426-5603.

Reach Susan Hiland at 427-6981 or [email protected]

Susan Hiland

Susan Hiland

Susan graduated from Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon with a B.A. in Communications. She has eight years experience working for newspapers in Nebraska.

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