The theme of this year’s festival will be “Washoku—Traditional Japanese Cuisine” and the JapanFest Organizing Committee has made plans to have various kinds of Japanese foods for everyone to experience. Washoku practices have been passed down through families and has been added to UNESCO’s Intangible Heritage list. JapanFest will have an assortment of the best Japanese food from local Japanese restaurants in Atlanta. This year’s festival has a special group of food vendors, including more than 10 local established restaurants providing roll sushi, bento boxes, ramen noodles, takoyaki, shaved ice, curry rice, yakisoba, torikaraage and more.
Guest performers include Sushi for Dummies author, Mineko Moreono, Japanese candy artist, Miyuki Sugimori, Samurai Yoshi Amao; J-Pop/J-Rock artist Junko Fujiyama; and the always popular taiko drum group, Matsuriza.
Upcoming Events and Important Dates:
August 12 – December 20 - Obirin University Global Outreach Program: The JASG partners with the Obirin Gakuen Foundation of America to offer this 16 week one-way exchange program for students from J.F. Oberlin University in Japan. Students taking part of the Global Outreach Program will participate in 8 weeks of ESL classes, 4 weeks of Business English Classes, 4 weeks of work experience at a Japanese or American organization.
August 27 - Annual Membership Meeting: JASG members gather together for a recap of the Society’s activities over the past year and a look ahead at the year to come. New officers and board of directors are also voted in.
September 20-21 - JapanFest 2014: Held again this year at the Gwinnett Convention Center in Duluth, this annual festival has continued to grow in size and popularity, reaching over 20,000 attendees. JapanFest is two days of immersing yourself in everything Japan: dance and music performances; learning the intricate maneuvers of Japanese martial arts; tasting various Japanese foods; visiting the many different cultural exhibitions and expositions of Japanese companies in Georgia. Tickets are $8 and free for children 6 and under.
October 2 - Labor & Employment Law Seminar: Sutherland hosts a seminar to highlight important developments in labor and employment law including: Trade Secret, Employment Discrimination, Workplace Discrimination & Harassment, Recruiting, Hiring, and Termination of Employment, the Fair Labor Standards Act, Family Medical Leave Act, and Social Media in the Workplace. A networking reception follows the seminar.