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JapanFest celebrates Far East culture
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JapanFest Weekend is set for 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 19 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 20 at the Gwinnett Center (located at 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth.

JapanFest, now in its 29th year, is designed to promote understanding between Japanese and Americans. Tickets are $10. Children age 6 or younger are free. Teachers can bring their students to JapanFest for free by applying online at Larger organizations can save money by purchasing advanced ticket packages online.

The theme of this year’s JapanFest is “Re-Discover Japan,” and will highlight the various cultural and regional characteristics from the different parts of Japan. Special guests are performer Hakata Koma, Matsuriza (Taiko drums), Hiroya Tsukamoto (guitarist), Junko Fujiyama (pop/rock performer), Chef Ryosuke Murakami and Carl Rosa, founder and president of Sushi Club of Houston.

JapanFest will also feature a variety of musical and dance performances. The Konnichiwa Club will dress attendees from head to toe in the latest kimono from Japan. JapanFest will also feature a variety of exciting workshops on various aspects of Japanese culture.

For fans of martial arts, JapanFest will feature demonstrations Visitors can purchase an amazing array of Japanese goods, including kimono, Japanese tea, dolls, rice paper and books.

No pets other than guide dogs are allowed inside the convention center. For more information, call 404-842-0736 or visit