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Benefit that Celebrates Japanese Culture

Next Sunday, May 1st, there will be a Kitsap County event that both celebrates the culture of Japan, and raises funds for relief efforts there and I want to share the event information with you – here are the details:

Japan Friendship Benefit – A Family Event

An afternoon of Japanese dance, music, origami, calligraphy and food to honor Japanese culture and help the people of Japan on Sunday, May 1, 2011, 2:30 – 5:00 pm
At the Kitsap Unitarian Universalist Fellowship,
4418 Perry Ave. NE, Bremerton

Free and open to the public. Suggested donation: $10 (person) or $15 (family) will be sent to Japan through the UUA/UUSC Japan Relief Fund, and the Japan NGO Earthquake and Recovery Fund.

The event will also include a silent auction.

The Japan Friendship Benefit is sponsored by the Kitsap Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Social Justice Committee, and co‐sponsored by St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community.

This benefit is led by Kazuko Yamazaki and Hiroko Spees – both natives of Japan. Kazuko Yamazaki is a professional dancer and anthropologist, Hiroko Spees is a retired social worker and an active volunteer and advocate for Kitsap families who are homeless.

Kazuko Yamazaki and some of her young students will perform specially choreographed dances, musicians and exchange students will play Japanese music, and guests can learn origami and calligraphy.

Local restaurants and grocers, as well as local families will provide food for this event.

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