【Community Leaders】

【Community Leaders】

In this post, we want to appreciate all the community leaders who have supported and kept Japan Fair going. Our community leaders include the Consul General of Japan, Yoichiro Yamada, former Consul General of Japan, Masahiro Omura, Committee Chair, Yuka Shimizu, Chairman of the Board of Uwajimaya Inc., Tomio Moriguchi, Nisei Veterans Committee, Allen Nakamoto, Partner of Sushi Kashiba, Susumu (Sam) Takahashi, Founder of Five Senses Foundation, Akemi Sagawa, and CEO of Keiro Northwest, Jefferey Hattori.

We are very grateful for all the support they have offered to Japan Fair. Thank you very much.

Mr. Masahiro Omura
- Consul General of Japan

I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to all those working hard to produce Japan Fair in Bellevue this July. I am sure that everyone is looking forward with great anticipation to celebrating Japanese culture, society and business at Japan Fair 2017. The Consulate-General of Japan appreciates the efforts made towards such large-scale Japanese cultural festivals like Japan Fair and intends to provide as much support as possible.

Mr. Tomio Moriguchi
- Chairman of the Board of Uwajimaya Inc.

Although The USA is land of immigrants of varying generations, it is very important to have knowledge and if possible to have experiences related to our heritage family culture.  These unique cultural education and experiences made available at the Aki Matsui provides enduring strength for both our ethnic minority community and a better understanding for the larger whole community. Thank you - Tomio

Mr. Allen Nakamoto
- Japan Fair 2016 Co-chair / Nisei Veterans Committee

I am honored to have served as a co-chair with Yuka Shimizu for the Japan Fair 2016. The success of the Japan Fair and the concept of sharing many aspects of Japanese culture with other diverse community of Bellevue is, foremost in my mind, to honor and to revere the Japanese immigrant experience. We are very fortunate to have this opportunity to show case the Japanese culture in order to let new generation taste the past and to contemplate the future.
As many community groups, volunteers, exhibitors and visitors came to share in the excitement of the fair, we were all grateful for the opportunity to be part of the moment.  

Mr. Susumu (Sam) Takahashi
- Partner, Sushi Kashiba at Pike Place Market

It is my great pleasure to do volunteer work for our community particularly to do with Japan-America friendship and respecting each other through better understanding of different cultures and backgrounds. I am New Issei came to Seattle in 1970 and have worked for hospitality business all my life in the United States and in Japan. After once retired, I worked volunteer at Bellevue Senior Center in the kitchen and many charity events for fundraising. Where I stand here today is because of our ancestors taught us the importance of human values and legacy. I appreciate it for this opportunity.

Ms. Akemi Sagawa
- Founder, Five Senses Foundation

I used to look forward to Aki Matsuri every fall. The event, with special guests from Japan, always gave me an opportunity to learn about new aspects of Japan's culture. I also enjoyed the comfort food as well as finding bargain books at flea market. Many thanks to Mr. Tom Brooke for his years of dedication for Aki Matsuri, and to Ms Yuka Shimizu for taking over the long tradition and taking it further as Japan Fair.

Mr. Jefferey Hattori
- CEO of Keiro Northwest

On behalf of Keiro Northwest, we extend our appreciation for the annual Aki Matsuri Festival. Over the years, it has become a well-recognized event with a wonderful array of booths, entertainment, food and activities that promotes Japanese/Japanese American culture. We are excited to support the next evolution…now known as Japan Fair, which will continue to honor the tradition of Aki Matsuri while enhancing and diversifying the attendees experience!