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:
June 2 – July 31 - Summer Business Japanese Language Classes: A variety of levels of Japanese language classes are offered. Classes meet for two hours, one evening per week, for a total of eight weeks.
August 6 - 19 - Obirin University Sports Business Program: The JASG partners with the Obirin Univeristy to offer this 2 week one-way exchange program for students from J.F. Oberlin University in Japan. Students taking part of the Sports Business Program will visit various athletic facilities and professional sports teams and learn how the sports industry operates in the U.S., while also visiting local attractions in Atlanta.
August 8 - Atlanta Falcons Night Out: Join the JASG and friends for a evening of football at the Georgia Dome as the Atlanta Falcons play host to the Miami Dolphins for their first pre-season game.
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.