Japanese dancers will be part of the Aug. 11 Japan Festival in Encinitas. Photo by Momo, courtesy of Miyuki Matsunaga

Sister-city bond celebrated at Japanese festival

ENCINITAS — Japanese culture and a Sister City relationship will be celebrated at the third annual Japan Festival at Encinitas Library from 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 11, 540 Cornish Drive.The festival, planned and hosted by Youth Services Librarian Patricia Williams, will feature a drum performance by members of San Diego Taiko, traditional Japanese folk music and celebration songs from The MiNyO gIrLz, and the “Geta Dance” from LA-based performance artist Miyuki Matsunaga.

The owners and staff of Ogata Japanese Cuisine, in downtown Encinitas, will be on hand to offer samples of popular menu items, including sushi, soba and edamame.

Festival goers can try origami and haiku as well as the “Spin & Win” prize wheel. In addition, all attendees will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win more prizes. Books, movies and music related to Japan will be available for checkout.

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

The festival is free made possible by the generosity and support of the Friends of the Encinitas Library.


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