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Library welcomes friends from Japan

ENCINITAS — Celebrate the Sister City relationship between Encinitas and Amakusa, Japan from 1 to 4 p.m. Aug 2 at the annual Japan Festival at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive.

Volunteer Masayo Reed helps out with origami instruction, part of the traditional crafts at the Japan Festival at the Encinitas Library Aug. 2. Photo by LukiDancer Miyuki Matsunaga and Encinitas Librarian and Patricia Williams will be part of the Japan Festival at the Encinitas Library Aug. 2. Photo by Michael Fish

The festival, planned and hosted by Youth Services Librarian Patricia Williams, includes cultural performances and demonstrations featuring Shokenji Taiko of Vista Buddhist Temple, the Greater San Diego Origami Group, and USA Sumo.

Japanese-themed books, movies and music will be available for checkout, as well as snacks, prize raffle, a Japanese book giveaway and more.

One of the most popular features of the Sister City relationship is an annual student exchange. This summer, three student delegates and an adult chaperone, all from Encinitas, will be spending a week with host families in Amakusa.

Encinitas is a member of Sister Cities International, an organization dedicated to advancing and promoting friendship and good will among the world’s nations by developing special relations between cities. Since 1988, Encinitas has been privileged to share a Sister City relationship with Amakusa.

The festival is free and made possible by the support of the Friends of the Encinitas Library. All ages are invited to attend. For more information on Sister Cities International, visit

For more information about how to get involved with the Encinitas Sister City Program, call the Encinitas Parks and Recreation Department at (760) 633-2740.