First off, did you know that there’s a Japanese NASCAR driver? I didn’t! Want to learn more about about how Japan and America’s cultures merge and enjoy expanding your horizons? Then come out to JapanFest.

JapanFest will be held on September 17-18, 2011, from 10:00am to 6:00 pm (Saturday) and 10:00am to 5:00pm (Sunday) at the Gwinnett Center (located in Duluth). Tickets are $8.00 (free for kids 6 and under) and can be purchased at the door. This year, 100% of all ticket package sales will be donated to earthquake and tsunami relief efforts in Japan.

JapanFest’s mission is to provide an understanding and appreciation of Japanese culture and the connection between the U.S. and Japan. This festival promotes a multicultural education and celebration of Japan with performing arts (some with audience participation), demonstrations, hands-on workshops, and exhibitions.

There will be several different exhibitors and vendors on hand, including grammy winning recording artists, Japan’s only NASCAR racer, anime clubs and societies, a calligrapher, bonsai dealers, koi lovers, tea companies, a sake brewery, a kimono company, origami Christmas trees, martial arts, and everything else you can image that fascinates you about Japan!

These grassroots efforts are coordinated by the Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Georgia, The Japan-America Society of Georgia, and the Consulate General of Japan in Atlanta and implemented by a host of community volunteers.

Gwinnett Center
6400 Sugarloaf Parkway
Duluth, Georgia 30097