Past Event - 2021
Zoom Seminars and Workshops
on June 26th, 2021
1:15 pm - 2:00 pm PST
A Taste of Hokkaido's Finest Sweets in the US
Japan is best known globally for producing high quality products—from technology to yes, food and beverage. Hokkaido, in particular, is an agricultural hub that supplies some of the world's finest produce such as vegetables and fruits, as well as the freshest raw dairy products. For us at ROYCE' Chocolate, we have been very enthusiastic in highlighting Hokkaido as where we were founded in 1983 and continue to produce and import our confections since then for both Japan and different countries like the United States. Our goal is to let the world know (and taste) How Japan Does Chocolate, and in the process, also bring more awareness to Hokkaido as a place where premium food selections can be found and more.
1:15 pm - 2:00 pm PST
Come join us on the story time in Japanese by Voice Library, a Seattle-based volunteer group offering Japanese book reading. (held in Japanese)
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm PST
Live Performance of Japanese Folk Tales
Lori Tsugawa Whaley entertains and informs as she brings ancient Japanese folk tales to life with her animated style of storytelling. Lori is a third generation Japanese American author, professional keynote speaker and life coach. The Mouse Bride: Father Mouse and his family reside in the Emperor’s Palace. It is time for his daughter, Chuko, to marry, and he decides only the greatest will be acceptable for her husband. Father Mouse is surprised and humbled when the perfect mate for Chuko is revealed. The White Hare of Inaba: Long ago, when all the animals could talk, a white hare lived in the province of Inaba in Japan, but his original home was on the island of Oki. The story tells of his desire to return to Oki, across the sea, and his clever scheme devised to fulfill his wish.
2:30 pm - 3:15 pm PST
Join Kit DeForge--librarian, maker, artist, cosplayer, and proud geek-- to talk about how to start in the world of cosplay! Everyone has to start somewhere and if you are a "closet cosplayer" or award winner, we are all love learning to enjoy cosplay together as a community!
Kit has been an anime fan since watching Sailor Moon as a child in the 90s and began cosplaying using thrift store shopping, pattern alteration, and lots of "trial and error" since 2004. Join us as we talk about the many ways to get started, up your "cosplay game," make friends, and more!
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm PST
JET Program: Grassroots Cultural Exchange
Did you know that the Japanese government has an Exchange & Teaching Program that has been running for 34 years? The Japanese Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program is the largest teaching exchange program in the world, with participants from over 70 countries. Join two local JET Alumni’s, Denise and Janice, who will discuss the basics of the program, their experiences and how they have been able to give back to the Japanese American community since returning.
3:45 pm - 4:30 pm PST
How to Play Go
Attendants can join a zoom meeting break out room where a teacher will show them the basic of the game of Go using OGS. Afterwards players will be invited to play a game or two as they feel fit.
4:30 pm - 5:15 pm PST
Japanese Children's Festival: Seasonal Offerings and Children's Kimono
Children's Day (May 5th) is a Japanese holiday celebrated by preparing traditional decorations and food, such as the famous koinobori and chimaki rice dumplings Children’s day is one of the many rituals blessing children’s well being, the others including hatsumiyamairi and shichi-go-san. In these special occasions, children often wear kimono. This seminar will go over the details of children’s day as well as kimono for children.
5:00 pm - 5:45 pm PST
My Family History, Discovering My Grandfather's Life in Seattle's Pre-WWII Japanese Immigrant Community
ファミリー・ヒストリー探求 ~ シアトル日系移民として生きた祖父を追って
Ikuo Shinmasu is the author of "Yoemon Shinmasu, Life of My Grandfather in Seattle," which was published in The North American Post (NAP) in 2019 and 2020. He will soon be releasing a new series in NAP entitled "Reading North American Times - Discover Pre-WWII History of Japanese Immigrants in Seattle." Shinmasu will provide details about the exhaustive research he conducted on his family history and then introduce his new series about North American Times, the predecessor of NAP that was published between1902 and 1941. A panel discussion with Gail Nomura, Associate Professor Emerita of American Ethnic Studies, University of Washington will follow.
5:45 pm - 6:30 pm PST
How to Brew Tasty Japanese Coffee and Japanese Tea – Easy Tips and Tricks
Easy tips and tricks for anyone who want to enjoy tasty and authentic Japanese coffee and Japanese tea at home.
Japanese coffee is surprisingly different from American Coffee, and Kei will share some interesting points about the differences.
You may know that Kei’s background is tea, so he will share 50% time talking about Japanese coffee tips and finishes with Japanese green tea tips. Japanese Coffee or Japanese Tea? Which one is your choice today? You may change your mind after his session.
6:00 pm - 6:45 pm PST
Kids Debugging Challenge
Do you love programming in Scratch? Scratch is a block-based visual programming language and website targeted primarily at children 8-16 as an educational tool for coding. Do you want to try the scratch skill? We prepared Japanese-themed scratch programs with bugs for you. Your job is to fix them as soon as you can. We are waiting for your challenges at Japan Fair. We will be using Seesaw, and helpers will be in Zoom breakout rooms if you need help.