Cultural festivals are an ideal way for anyone to learn more about a foreign country without resorting to drastic measures such as running for prime minister. Get acquainted with Japan the easy way with today's Groupon: for $8, you get two admission tickets to JapanFest on Saturday, September 17, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday, September 18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Convention Center at Gwinnett Center in Duluth (a $16 value). Children 6 years old and younger receive free admission.
Featured on Access Atlanta, JapanFest's two-day festival gives crowds of more than 17,000 people a chance to taste varied Japanese cuisine, watch live performances from Japanese musicians and artists, and practice traditional arts in hands-on exhibits. The tunes of Grammy-winning recording artist Yukiko Matsuyama, whose compositions feature the traditional stringed koto, drift through the air as festival-goers watch the hands of professional calligrapher Kotaro Hachinohe bring a large paint-sodden brush down on paper in bold strokes. Pairs of guests can practice the art of petal positioning at the Japanese flower-arranging exhibit, then carefully prune miniature trees at the bonsai demonstration, pruning branches as gingerly as generals clipping budding turrets from the potted tanks in their offices. A range of other participants fills the center's showroom, including anime collectors, kimono crafters, and sake sellers. After perusing the swarm of exhibitors, visitors can reboot with traditional Japanese fare from vendors such as Kotobuki Cafe and Sushi Niko Niko.
The 25th annual JapanFest's revenue goes to benefit earthquake and tsunami relief efforts in Japan. Guests may witness photographs and videos of the storm and its aftermath, as well as listen to lectures by aid workers or make donations through special merchandise purchases.
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