Japan Festival

The 9th Annual Japan Festival, planned and hosted by the Encinitas Library in partnership with the City of Encinitas, took place Aug. 11 and celebrated Encinitas' Sister City Amakusa, Japan. The event featured an array of Japanese artists with a variety of performances: music by Silk Wind Trio, fashion show by San Diego Kimono Club, tea ceremony demonstration in the Urasenke style, Japanese drumming by Naruwan Taiko, plus origami, kendama toy demonstrations, free refreshments and Yo Yo Bento Japanese food truck items for purchase.

Encinitas is a member of Sister Cities International (www.sister-cities.org), an organization dedicated to advancing and promoting friendship and goodwill 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, with this year marking the 30th anniversary.

Online: encinitasadvocate.com

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