Get crafty at Japanese event March 8 cancelled

Photo courtesy of Japan Club of Guam
Photo courtesy of Japan Club of Guam

Get crafty at Japanese event March 8 cancelled

by Takahiro Takiguchi
Stripes Guam

As a precaution due to the COVID-19 coronavirus, the event organizers have decided to cancel the annual Arts and Crafts Fair 2020, originally scheduled for March 8, 2020.

* Stripes Guam Feb. 28 issue has this event's information; it was printed before this cancellation. We apologize for any confusion this has caused.

 

Only three hours away, Guam is a popular overseas travel destination for many Japanese. If you are stationed on the island, it’s common to see Japanese tourists flock to the island’s popular tourist attractions, such as Two Lovers Point, Plaza de España and Chamorro Village.

Although you see them around Guam, do you know much about Japanese people and their arts and culture?

If you don’t, you’ll soon have an opportunity to learn about Japanese culture. The Japan Club of Guam will host its annual Japanese Arts and Crafts Fair on March 8, offering a great chance for those on the island to check out traditional Japanese performances, martial arts and tea ceremony demonstrations, as well as view collections of Japanese handicrafts.

It is one of the most important JCG events and draws move than 1,000 visitors every year.

According to Satoko T. Tenorio, spokesperson of Japan Club of Guam, the main purpose of the annual event is to strengthen the friendship between Japanese and local communities.

During this admission-free event, 20 booths will be selling various Japanese handicrafts, such as traditional dolls, hand-sewn bead accessories and quilts.

While you’re there check out the martial art skills and techniques of an Aikido group. Also take some time to participate in a traditional tea ceremony and learn the elegant manners of enjoying “matcha.” On the center stage, a pianist and a group of Taisho-koto (a modernized version of the Japanese traditional harp) musicians will perform. Then, dancers of all ages will perform traditional Japanese dances to fill the event with cheers.

This opportunity to have a little taste of Japan in Guam is one you won’t want to miss.

takiguchi.takahiro@stripes.com

2020 Arts and Crafts Fair “Ecology” – Explore the future

When: March 8, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: Hotel Nikko Guam “TASI” Ballroom
Admission: Free
URL: www.jcguam.org/
Tel: 646-8066

Program
10 a.m. Opening remarks (center stage)
10:10 a.m. Taisho Koto (Japanese harp) performance (center stage - 20 min.)
10:35 a.m. Piano performance (center stage - 10 min.)
10:45 a.m. Japanese tea ceremony demonstration (booth #1 - 40 min.)
11:25 a.m. Hula dancing (center stage - 15 min.)
11:45 a.m. Japanese dance performance (center stage - 25 min.)
12:15 p.m. Guam Aikikai demonstration (center stage - 30 min.)

Intermission (35 min.)
1:20 p.m. Piano performance  (center stage - 10 min.)
1:35 p.m. Hula dancing  (center stage - 15 min.)
1:50 p.m. Japanese tea ceremony demonstration  (booth #1 - 40 min.)
2:30 p.m. Japanese dance performance (center stage - 25 min.)
3 p.m. Guam Aikikai demonstration (center stage - 30 min.)
3:35 p.m. Taisho Koto (Japanese harp) performance (center stage - 15 min.)

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