JAPAN FAIR 2018
Date: Saturday July 7th & Sunday 8th
Place: Bellevue Meydenbauer Center
11100 NE 6th St, Bellevue, WA 98004
JAPAN FAIR 2018 EXHIBITORS
Agape Japanese Language School
Located in Lakewood, WA, Agape Japanese Language School is one of the only Japanese Language Schools in the south area. The school offers pre-school classes, children’s classes (ages 4-18 years old) and adult classes.
AKI SOGABE – Fine art, Paper cutting
Aki Sogabe introduced kiri-e (Paper Cutting art) to the Northwest in 1978. Her works are included in the collection of the State of Washington, The State of Oregon Public Art, Fort Lewis Base, and many other private collections. Her works are displayed at more than 30 public schools from elementary through college in Washington State. Her public art is installed in the Pike Place Market and Uwajimaya Village in Seattle.
All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd
Following the “Inspiration of Japan” high quality service, ANA has been awarded the respected 5-Star rating from SKYTRAX for six consecutive years starting in 2013. ANA has been recognized by Air Transport World as “Airline of the Year” three times in the past 10 years – 2007, 2013 and 2018, becoming one of the few airlines winning this prestigious award multiple times.
Sakura-Con is the Pacific Northwest’s oldest and largest anime convention. Presented by the 501(c)(3) Asia-Northwest Cultural Association, Sakura-Con will celebrate its 22nd year of bringing cultural arts, media, education and entertainment to our region in 2019.
Art of Problem Solving (AoPS) Academy – Bellevue
AoPS Academy is a selective after-school enrichment program for academically motivated students in grades 2-12. Their math and language arts courses are designed to prepare students for the rigors of top universities and highly competitive careers.
At the Awesome Anime’s booth, you will find high quality Japanese stuffed animals.
Beauty secrets of Japan
Beauty Secrets of Japan is a small soap making company located in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The company was formed in 2006 in response to the increased popularity of their organic handmade soap, bath bomb, lip balm and other skincare products. Their signature soaps are safe, natural, therapeutic alternatives to conventionally mass produced soaps.
Chikuma & Co., Ltd
Founded in 1903, Chikuma is a high-end fabric and apparel producer in Osaka. The company sells fabrics and garments for men, women, and children, as well as school and office uniforms. Bellevue Children’s Academy started to use their uniform for their students in 2018.
Chin Music Press
Chin Music Press is an independent book publisher located in historic Pike Place Market. It specializes in making, beautiful, engaging and affordable books, many of which have been translated from the original Japanese. It also has published many books about Seattle’s rich ethnic history.
Consulate General of Japan in Seattle
The Consulate General of Japan in Seattle assists Japanese nationals in Washington, Montana and Northern Idaho and works with local communities as the representative of the Japanese government to promote Japanese culture and facilitate a variety of exchanges for strengthening bonds between Japan and the Pacific Northwest.
Crystal Angels Jewelry is designed for “Style + Empower”. Each piece of jewelry comes with a label defining the characteristics of its primary stone. All of their original jewelry pieces are hand made from energetically cleansed crystals. Crystal Angels Jewelry is a wonderful treat for yourself or a great gift for those who are very special to you. Wearing crystals you like increases your level of happiness.
At Darlene Dihel’s booth, you will find treasures of Japanese Art, called SUMI-E. Prices range from $2 to $300. Darlene is a member of the prestigious group called Puget Sound Sumi Artists. The organization’s goal is to promote sumi and calligraphy by sharing what they do at group shows. Besides art sale, Darlene will be demonstrating sumi painting during the Fair.
Edward Jones is a full-service financial services firm offering a complete range of investments and services to individual investors. It is dedicated to helping clients develop strategies to reach important long-term financial goals, such as paying for a child’s education, retiring on your terms or creating a legacy for your family.
Fran’s Chocolates is a family-owned, Seattle-based company that has created premium, artisan chocolates since 1982. Fran’s offers a selection of luxurious confections created with the finest, all-natural, local and organic ingredients.
Hobby Fan returns to Japan Fair with many new and currently pop culture anime character plush. Their products include cute designer animal plush, Gashapon charms and keychains. All officially licensed merchandise are directly imported from Japan.
Hyogo Business & Cultural Center
The Hyogo Business and Cultural Center was founded by Japan’s Hyogo Prefectural Government to strengthen the sister state relationship with Washington State. The organization assists business activity, cultural programs, and Japanese education.
IACE is a travel agency mainly providing discount air tickets and travel packages to Japan and the arrangement of a variety of travels. They offer wide range of travel plans including group tours related to cultural exchange programs.
ICC Consultants (USA) Inc.
Established in 1973, ICC Consultants is an international study consulting company, headquartered in Tokyo, offering an array of international exchange programs. ICC’s commitment to excellence, and unique approach to exchange study programs continues to earn the trust of over one thousand participants annually.
Japan-America Society of the State of Washington
Founded in 1923, JASSW promotes mutual understanding and friendship between the peoples of Japan and Washington State by providing a forum for the exchange of ideas and information.
Japanese Art Miyabi
Miyabi is a Japanese art and craft shop. Their handmade products include Washi paper dolls, Temari balls, Origami, Obi Art and more using traditional techniques.
Japan Business Association of Seattle (Shunju Club)
Japan Business Association of Seattle, known as Shunju Kai, is joined by members of Japanese businesses and their supporters in order to foster friendship, enhance their children’s education and to promote economic relations among members and the community through mutual understanding. At Japan Fair, they will showcase Japanese rituals, mainly during OBON season in the summertime, and Japanese zodiac
Kayanoya is an authentic dashi brand produced by a soy sauce manufacturer that was established in 1893 in Fukuoka. Kayanoya brand contains no chemical seasonings or preservatives, and its production is supervised by the head chef of the Kayanoya’s natural food restaurant in Fukuoka.
Kawabe Memorial House
Kawabe Memorial House is an apartment for the elderly located in the Central District that was built by Harry Sotaro Kawabe, an early Japanese community leader. In addition to the organization’s annual events, which include a health fair and street festival, the building has become a center for the local community with social and fundraising events held throughout the year.
A Kenjin Kai is a social group of those who came from the same prefecture in Japan, some of which were formed over 100 years ago by early Japanese immigrants. It is said that Kenjin Kai was the oldest form of Japanese organizations established in the Seattle area. Visit their booth to find Kenjin Kai that represent a prefecture that you can connect to.
Kimono Art and NPO and
love Kimono Yukinokai
kimonoart.org | you-and-yu.com
Kimono Art provides beautiful rental kimonos, dressing services, photography services, and sell kimonos to introduce you to the enchanting world of kimonos and propose new ways to enjoy them within the western lifestyle. Services are supervised by Yu Ugawa, a kimono master, dedicated to reviving Japan’s national costume and introducing it to the next generation.
Kiru-co Kimono sells authentic handsewn Japanese kimono and related textiles as “Art To Wear.” They offer a wide range of pre-owned silk kimono and haori for men, women and children plus cotton yukata and silk garments for summer. One might even find hidden treasures in their displays like ‘farmer’ handspun kasuri cotton work clothes from the Meiji period. Please be sure to visit this amazing presentation!
Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya
Kizuki Ramen’s philosophy is to serve the most traditional, authentic and delicious Japanese ramen that you can possibly have without actually flying to Japan. At Japan Fair, they will offer their food samples and gift card sale.
Konnichiwa Seattle is the central hub for people to find Japan related culture in the greater Seattle area and Pacific Northwest – from community organizations, cultural events, educational programs, movies and much more. ようこそ!
Kochi is a land of lush forests, blue seas, and people who have learnt to harmonize with their rich and varied environment. With a total area of 7105 square kilometers, Kochi is the largest prefecture of the four on Shikoku Island, and 18th largest in Japan. 84% of this land area is covered in forest, with a population of 764,456 (2010 National Census).
LazyLabo is a group with people who loves technology deeply. The group is based in Seattle. Love technology and share our passion with people all around the world! At Japan Fair, they will showcase hands-on demo of LED craft, sample robots and sample 3D printed materials.
Linda Hoshide creates jewelry and accessories from her stash of Japanese fabric. Her work can be found online at her Etsy shop and also at Kobo at Higo and Wing Luke Museum. She is also now a Pike Market vendor.
Japanese Antiques and Textiles will have a variety of New, Vintage, and Antique products from multiple prefectures from around Japan. There are many things handmade from materials from Japan. We will have many styles, new and pre owned kimono,( Houmongi, Komon, Furisode, and Ushikake , Cotton Yukata, Haori Jackets. And Obi ( Maru, Fukuro,and Nagoya).
Sweet Co. and Caferoid
sweet-bakery.co.jp | caferoid.jp
SWEET Co. is a Japanese bakery founded in Seattle in 1913 by Soshichiro Watanabe. Soshichiro moved back to Matsumoto, Japan in 1923 and the company has been providing handmade baked products in the area since then. The current president, Kyota Watanabe, is the great-grandson of Soshichiro. In 2013, the centennial anniversary of the company, Kyota researched the company’s history and developed a vision for the next 100 years including their plan returning to Seattle market.
Caferoid is the world’s first, fully automatic coffee machine with roaster. Caferoid can make coffee from green beans, roast, mill and drip, in one automatic machine. This coffee robot is cool and can enrich your daily life.
Ming’s Gallery offers a collection of unique antiques, fine furniture, art and accessories. Their products represent 5,000 years of history and tradition through the Imperial Dynasties of Japan, China, Korea, Myanmar, Cambodia, Tibet, Thailand and Nepal. Ming’s Gallery has been a direct importer since 1966.
Nancym4 and Happiboshi
Nancym4 and Happiboshi specialize in cute plushies and handmade crafts for the home, office and travel. They features all things kwaii with the use of high quality fabrics, including Japan imported fabrics.
Michael’s Subaru of Bellevue
Michael’s Automotive Group is a family owned and operated dealership that places customer satisfaction as it’s highest priority. We feature three of America’s most popular automotive brands: Toyota, Volkswagen and Subaru.
Mutual Trading and Co-Ho Imports
lamtc.com | cohoimports.com
Mutual Trading is an importer/distributor of Japanese foods, liquors, and restaurant equipment. Established in 1926, the company’s mission is “Bringing the Flavors of Japan to the People of the World.” In collaboration with their Pacific Northwest distributor Co-Ho Imports, Mutual Trading will provide sake sampling at their Japan Fair booth. The company’s sake specialist Sachiko Miyagi will host a Sake lecture and tasting on Saturday at the Fair’s seminar room.
Neely Mansion and Japanese American Bath House
The Neely Mansion Association is a non-profit historical society with the mission to restore the Victorian Neely Mansion located near Auburn WA. In 2016, the Association restored a historic Japanese American bath house standing behind the mansion. The bath house was built in 1930 by the Shigeichi and Shimano Hori family, who leased the Neely property and lived in the mansion with their five children, while running a produce and dairy farm. The bath house is now a designated King County Landmark and open for tours.
New York Life Insurance Company
Life doesn’t fit into any one plan. Start a plan that flexes with yours. Whether you’re starting out in life or preparing to make the most of retirement, New York Life has insurance and investment options designed to help you meet your goals—for today and for all days to come.
Nisei Veterans Committee and
The mission of the Nisei Veterans Committee (NVC) and NVC Foundation (NVCF) is to preserve and honor the legacy of the Japanese American veteran and to provide community programs that meet the educational, cultural, heritage, and social needs of the broader community.
What if there really is a Fountain of Youth? With 50 years of research and development, Noevir offers the safest, most advanced, and high performance natural skincare available. Visit the Noevir booth to learn about and experience the beauty secret Japanese women have known for decades. Noevir is Japan’s premier line of luxury products and is guaranteed to give you soft, smooth, radiant and younger looking skin – so you’ll feel gorgeous no matter what your age! The Japan Fair booth is presented by Kathryn Stueckle ((206)992.5530 / Kstueckle@aol.com).
North American Subaru, Inc.
Subaru of America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Subaru Corporation of Japan. Headquartered at a zero-landfill office in Cherry Hill, N.J., the company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of more than 620 retailers across the United States.
PandaKids.biz is an online children boutique that specializes in products for babies up to 6T in age. Since 2013, PandaKids.biz offers boutique quality products with the rare quality of organic cotton, Japanese cotton, and cashmere fabric as few others do in the fashion couture line.
Pacific Northwest JET
Alumni Association (PNWJETAA)
The Pacific Northwest Chapter of JETAA encompasses Washington, Northern Idaho, and Western Montana and focuses most of its activities in and around the Puget Sound area. Working with the local Consulate of Japan, it promotes and fosters Japanese/American cultural exchange, assist with and facilitate personnel recruitment for the JET Program, and provide support and assistance to new JET returnees. Check our Calendar to see how you can become involved. JETAA is an association for those who have participated in the JET Program.
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Puget Sound Bonsai Association
Formed in 1973, Puget Sound Bonsai Association is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the education of its members and the general public in the art and culture of bonsai. Club members have bonsai experience that ranges from beginner to recognized experts in the art. Visit their booth to enjoy their bonsai display.
Ro Higashi x Sushi You Can Hug
Ro Higashi is a local illustrator, and an upcoming webtoon artist. She has attended manga school and is the official colorist/digitizer for Sushi You Can Hug. Sushi You Can Hug is original handmade art, plush toys and accessories inspired by cute food and pop culture.
Sankaku Connection Rent their product “Willfon,” which allows you to watch Japanese TV programs and Karaoke with internet connection. At their Japan Fair booth, they will demonstrate “Willfon” service and you can register their rental service on-site.
Sankei Travel is a travel agency providing wide range of travel services including airplane tickets, hotel reservation, JR pass, rental car reservation, tour package and cell phone rental.
Seattle Choeizan Enkyoji Nichiren Buddhist Temple
Seattle Choeizan Enkyoji Nichiren Buddhist Temple is a community dedicated to the study and practice of Nichiren Buddhism in the greater Seattle area.
Seattle Go Center
The Seattle Go Center teaches and promotes the Asian game of Go. This 4000 year old strategy board game continues to fascinate players from around the world. The Seattle Go Center was established in 1995, with its own building in the University District of Seattle, thanks to the generosity of a Japanese professional Go player, Iwamoto Kaoru. It is now a self-supporting nonprofit corporation.
Seattle Koyasan Buddhist Temple
Seattle Koyasan is an official branch of Kongobuji, the Head Temple of Koyasan, Wakayama. The temple has been serving the community for 70 years, located in downtown Seattle. Its mission is to rescue beings from their suffering, mentally, physically, and spiritually.
The Japanese Art of Seimei is a non-touch technique from Japan that enables and promotes health, healing and connection. Since its founding by Toshihisa Hiraki in 1984, more than 15,000 Japanese have become practitioners. Free demonstrations of this powerful technique, which is safe and non-invasive, will be available at their booth.
Sugamo Advance School
Sugamo Advance School is a Japanese tutoring school in Redmond.
Sundance Energy Services
SUNDANCE Energy will be showing state of the art heating and cooling equipment from top Japanese Manufacturers that make Puget Sound homes more comfortable, healthier, safer and more energy efficient.
The North American Post and
napost.com | soysource.net
The North American Post is a community newspaper that celebrates Japanese culture in the Greater Seattle area. Founded by 1st generation Japanese-Americans in 1902, the publication is one of the oldest minority-owned newspapers in the region. Today, combined with a Japanese language newspaper Soy Source, its publisher connects readers with diverse cultural backgrounds to Seattle’s Japanese community with their bilingual articles.
Tomoshibi library has been serving the Japanese community on the Eastside since 1991. Started by five volunteers who began collecting donated Japanese books, the library today has over 20,000 books. The library is currently located inside Bellevue Children’s Academy campus.
Two Squirrels and A Nut
Two Squirrels and A Nut showcases Japanese traditional and modern designs through eye-catching fabrics from Japan. Collaborating with local artist Enfu, we can now bring you original artwork on textiles and other goods.
Uchida Yoko Co.,Ltd.
Since its foundation in 1910, Uchida Yoko has played an important role in the development of Japan’s economic development by providing information system solutions, educational materials, teaching aids, and educational equipment to governments, offices and educational institutions.
Uchikura & Co.
Uchikura & Co. works as an agent for Japanese companies who aim to market their products in the North American market. At Japan Fair this year, it will sell Nisimoku Wood Products and other items from Japan.
UV Performing Arts
UV Performing Arts is a place where students of all ages and ability participate in an array of performing arts such as dance, music and drama class with professional instruction.
Uzura offers eco-friendly products such as hemp, organic cotton and bamboo women’s apparel and men’s t-shirts featuring original hand screen-printed designs inspired by scenes from Pacific Northwest nature along with aesthetic hints of the designer’s Japanese heritage.
Uwajimaya is an Asian specialty supermarket providing the widest variety of Asian groceries and gifts and freshest meat, seafood and produce.
Washington Shotokan Association
Washington Shotokan Association is a non-profit organization that has served the Eastside community for over 43 years teaching thousands of students the traditions of Shotokan Karate, while providing a safe and respectful environment for learning. When you visit the main dojo in Bellevue, Washington, you begin to understand why WSA is such a special place loved by children and adults alike.
Zojirushi America Corporation
Zojirushi was established in 1918, and celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. Always thinking of ways to improve our customers’ quality of life, Zojirushi continues to develop quality products that are safe to use, from rice cookers to water boilers, to vacuum insulated bottles and mugs.
Washington State Kyoto Jin Kai
Washington State Kyoto Jin Kai is a group of people who are native to, have lived in or have any relationship to Kyoto.
* Booth exhibitor list is as of June 20th and may change. Please contact Japan Fair for further information.
MEET AN EXIBITOR
Dashi Tasting at Kayanoya USA
Kayanoya is an authentic dashi brand produced by a soy sauce manufacturer that was established in 1893 in Fukuoka Japan. Because of its rich flavor and all-natural no-chemical ingredients, Kayanoya brand is one of the most popular dashi brands among health-conscious foodies in Japan. At Japan Fair 2018, they will have dashi tasting, free product sample & recipe booklet give-away and more at their booth. Kayanoya shares one of their signature recipe with Post readers.
Summer Vegetables and Chicken in Vegetable Broth
During the height of the summer bell peppers entertain us with various bright colors, crunchy texture and great taste. In this dish they are cooked with eggplant and chicken in a very flavorful vegetable broth based on Kayanoya Original Vegetable Stock Powder. The taste is enhanced by the umami-rich vegetable stock powder.
Ingredients (serves 2)
■ 3 ½ ounces chicken breast, boned and skinned
■ 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
■ 3 ½ ounces yellow bell pepper without stem and seeds (half of 1 medium size)
■ 3 ½ ounces red bell pepper without stem and seeds (half of 1 medium size)
■ 7 ounces green bell pepper without stem and seeds (1 medium size)
■ 2 ounces eggplant
■ 1 thumb size ginger
■ 2 tablespoons olive oil
■ 1 cup water
■ 1 tablespoon butter
■ 1 contents of packet Kayanoya Original Vegetable Stock Powder
❶ Cut the chicken breast against the grain into a bit less than ½ inch thick slices. Insert the knife slanted so that you can make a wider-cut slice. Transfer the chicken slices to a small bowl and sprinkle with the flour. Toss the chicken with fork until each slice is evenly coated with the flour.
❷ Cut each bell pepper into 1 inch size pieces. Cut the eggplant into 1 inch size pieces. Cut the ginger into thin slices.
❸ Place a skillet over medium heat and add 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. When the oil is hot add the chicken without overlapping the slices and cook them until the bottom is lightly golden. Turn the chicken over and cook until the other side is lightly golden. Remove the chicken slices from the skillet and transfer them to a bowl.
❹ Return the skillet over medium heat and add the remaining 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Add the sliced ginger and cook for 20 seconds or until fragrant, stirring. Add the bell peppers and eggplant and cook, stirring, for 1 to 2 minutes.
❺ Add the water and Kayanoya Vegetable Stock Powder to the skillet. Return the pre-cooked chicken to the skillet, cover with a lid and cook over low heat for 7 minutes. Divide and serve the vegetables, chicken and cooking broth in two serving bowls.