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Japan Summerfest returns to downtown Fairfield

By From page A3 | August 11, 2014

The week aheadFAIRFIELD — 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. Saturday 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. There will also be a raffle of local and Japanese goods.

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.

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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  • Grumpy GusAugust 11, 2014 - 8:44 am

    Nothing says 'Japan' to me like some good Texas Roadhouse BBQ.... Oh Fairfield, you really know how to throw a cultural shindig...

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  • Arletta CAugust 11, 2014 - 10:19 am

    It's for our "East Meets West" theme! Texas Roadhouse is great about working with non-profits, and their food is really popular. Come to the event and see just what a great "cultural shindig" it is! I guarantee you will find plenty there that says Japan to you--and bring your kids or grand kids, since we'll have all kinds of fun things for them to do.

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  • JimboAugust 11, 2014 - 10:17 am

    You lost me at Texas Roadhouse. Of all the Japanese and sushi places around why so very non-Japanese?

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  • Arletta CAugust 11, 2014 - 10:22 am

    Please see my comment above! The full name of the event is the "East meets West Japan Summerfest". Hope you can join us on Saturday for a wonderful event that supports a great local program.

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  • Arletta CAugust 11, 2014 - 10:27 am

    I should add--we're not trying to do a fully Japanese event--we're celebrating our student exchange program with an event that combines Japanese and American fun. Come and see!

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  • JapantasticAugust 11, 2014 - 3:15 pm

    In addition to the above comments, please remember that Japanese food is never cheap, and this is a fundraiser for a group whose only income is donations from our generous public. Also, only a small percentage of the Japanese restaurants in our area are actually owned by Japanese people, and only certain places do catering. So there are few Japanese restaurants that would resonate with us on a "Japan level", and also be willing to strike a catering deal with us for an amount that we can reasonably afford. Our program offers beautiful, life-changing cultural exchanges for Fairfield citizens, and we hope you can come and see how "East meets West" at our event!

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