Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Kabuki Performs at JapanFest 2016 #JapanFest #Gwinnett #family #WINTICKETS

Disclaimer: I was compensated for this post.

Atlanta – At this year’s JapanFest, Kabuki Theater will be performed. Kabuki is a form of traditional Japanese theater that is a rich blend of music, dance, spectacular staging and costuming. Kabuki theater has been a major theatrical form in Japan for almost four centuries. The critically acclaimed theater group Miyabiya will be travelling all the way from the land of the rising sun to perform "Two Lions," one of the most famous pieces in Kabuki theater.


Set on a holy mountain in China, a mythological lion-cub must endure the rigorous training of his father in order to grow into a strong and courageous lion. Does he have what it takes to become the “King of the Beasts?” With an entertaining combination of family, love, courage, and comedy , Miyabiya Theater will keep you on your toes!


As one of the most famous Kabuki pieces by Kawatake Mokuami, the last great Kabuki playwright, performers face high expectations in making their show both accurate and extravagant. Mr. Yukimasa Futamura, producer and director of “KABUKI, MIYABIYA” does just that with his performance company. Futamura is known for slipping into a 44-pound lion costume and wig to entertain audiences!

Come and see this once in a lifetime opportunity.

Become a part of Kabuki! This year’s JapanFest grants you the opportunity to be painted in real Kabuki makeup (Kudamori)!

In addition to Kabuki, come to JapanFest and experience the culture of Japan through a myriad of musical performances, martial arts demonstrations, food, fashion, anime, and more! Celebrating its 30th year, the JapanFest will be held Sep. 17 and 18, in the Infinite Energy Center in Duluth.


Tickets are $10. Children age 6 or younger free. Teachers can bring their students to JapanFest for free by applying online at www.japanfest.org. Larger organizations can save money by purchasing advanced ticket packages online.

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

Sponsors:
Platinum-Delta, Gold-Aflcac, Coca Cola, Silver-Fisher-Broyles, Kumon North America, TV Japan/NHK Cosmomedia America Inc., WSBTV-Channel 2, Bronze-American Honda Motor Co., Inc. Power Equipment Division; LeafFilter; Miura America Company; PriceWaterhouse Coopers; Sapporo USA, Inc; Temple University, Japan Campus; TOTO USA Inc; FujiDexerials America Corporation, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Inside Gwinnett Magazine, Panasonic Automotive Systems, Yamaha Motor Corp.U.S.A, SakuraAtlanta Parent Magazine; Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC; Ernst & Young LLP; Global Atlanta; Gwinnett Daily Post; Holiday Inn Gwinnett Center; Creative Loafing; Honda Precision Parts of Georgia; KPMG; Nidec Elesys Americas Corporation; Toppan Printing; Ume-Atlanta Braves, Kuraoka Clinic, Machida Family of Duluth

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Monday, August 29, 2016

Exploring Seattle day 1 : Museum of Flight #Seattle #Washington

After spending a week onboard the cruise ship, we decided to explore Seattle and surrounding areas.  We started by spending a full day a the Museum of Flight.  With several buildings/exhibits to explore, it was definitely a long day.  There are two cafes on site with a very simple selection of foods, primarily burgers and hot dogs.


It was easy to find fun photos to take as well.  I'm with the astronaut, my daughter posed with the captain and flight attendant.


Friday, August 26, 2016

Last day of the cruise in Victoria BC #Canada

Our last night on the cruise had us in Canada.  Due to an emergency on board, we were actually able to spend more time in the city than was originally planned.  As a result, we did a walking tour before we did our excursion (a horse drawn carriage tour).  Our walk took us all the way to China Town, where my daughter and I had some bubble tea.  The carriage tour took us through some of the historic neighborhoods as well as the big park.




Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Skagway and the White Pass Train #Alaska #Train #Canada

The second excursion in Skagway was on the White Pass train.  We actually boarded it just inside Canada and rode it back down the mountain.  The views were extraordinary.  The view of the train was as we turned a curve.  We were riding toward the rear of the train, which made the opportunity for us to get the picture easy.


My daughter and I played with selfies on the trip.

You can actually camp on the route.  The train then picks up up and takes you back down the mountain.  That would be a cool thing to do.



Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Announcing CoolER Japan: JapanFest 2016 #Japan #JapanFest #Gwinnett


Atlanta – Buckle your seatbelts and get ready to explore Japan like never before. This year’s JapanFest “Cooler Japan,” offers an electric combination of cool tech-advanced modern Japan with a traditional twist. JapanFest Weekend will be held on September 17-18, 2016, from 10 am to 6 pm (Saturday) and 10am to 5pm (Sunday) at the Infinite Energy Center (located at 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth, GA 30097).

JapanFest is now celebrating its 30th year and typically draws crowds exceeding 20,000.  Organized by JapanFest, Inc., The Japan-America Society of Georgia and The Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Georgia, the festival is designed to promote understanding between Japanese and Americans in the Southeast.

Celebrate JapanFest with a bang! In celebration of JapanFest’s 30th anniversary, a brand new interactive firework app is being released. Create your own fireworks on the app, and see them explode on the big screen!

We make Japanese culture COOL in our Children’s Area! Children will be able to make paper puppets and enjoy Kamishibai, a form of Japanese theatrical storytelling that uses paper puppets. They can also learn Japanese calligraphy, try on traditional Japanese clothes, make kites, color in Japanese coloring books, fold origami figures, and play with traditional Japanese tops and paper sumo wrestlers! For our modern counterpart, children will get to play with Samurai Borgs (Japanese fighting robots), Beyblade (modern Japanese tops), Hyper yoyos, and Kendama (modern cup and ball game).



Kids will also be given the opportunity to let their creativity shine. This year we will be featuring a 3-D pen that will make their art literally stand off the page! And with our 3-D aquarium, they can bring their art to life! Children will draw their fish, and after scanning it, they will be able to see their fish swim around our 3-D fish tank. Enjoy a day of family fun at JapanFest.

If you need a pick-me- up from all the fun, JapanFest Konbini store and Japanese grocery store, Tomato, are providing tasty and unique Japanese snacks!  Love music? JapanFest will feature a variety of musical performances sure to suit all ages and interests, including taiko drumming, J-Rock and J-Pop, and classical music. The festival will also feature Japanese dance performances, a kimono fashion show, and kabuki theater.



Want a selfie taken in Tokyo without the jet lag? Take a virtual trip to Japan with our Magical Photo booth. Take a picture in famous Japanese locations such as Mt. Fuji, Harajuku, or even a photo with a sumo restler! Other photo ops include the cute Japanese mascot Domo-Kun, who will be at the festival.

This will be our second year collaborating with anime convention, MomoCon. The Anime village is a section of the festival completely dedicated to anime products, anime viewings, and gaming. Keep Momocon is also sponsoring a Pokémon Go! Meetup. Capture and boost a gym, claim resources from Poke Stops and build your team, all factions welcome!

For fans of more traditional fighting methods, rather than Pokémon battles, there will be demonstrations of virtually every Japanese martial art in existence, including aikido, karate, kendo, kyudo, and sumo.

Shoppers will love the amazing array of Japanese goods available. Ginza-dori, organized by the Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Georgia and named after Tokyo's famous shopping district, will feature Japanese ceramics, traditional Japanese clothing and accessories, and fun items such as masks and toys. For those who want to try on a kimono, the Konnichiwa Club will dress them in the latest kimonos from Japan.



Attendees are encouraged to purchase  tickets online to minimize waiting at the event entrance, as additional entrances are provided for pre-purchased ticket holders. Individual tickets are available for sale until the day before the event (Through Infinite Energy Center ticketing system, AXS).  http://www.infiniteenergycenter.com/events/detail/japanfest-2016 . The deadline for our corporate ticket package is August 10th for e-tickets https://japanfest.formstack.com/forms/ticket_package  (60 tickets and above)

Tickets are $10. Children age 6 or younger free. Teachers can bring students to JapanFest for free by applying online at www.japanfest.org. Larger organizations can purchase ticket packages online.

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

Sponsors:

Platinum-Delta, Gold-Aflcac, Coca Cola, Silver-Fisher- Broyles, Kumon North America, TV Japan/NHK Cosmomedia America Inc., WSBTV-Channel 2, Bronze-American Honda Motor Co., Inc. Power Equipment Division; LeafFilter; Miura America Company; PriceWaterhouse Coopers; Sapporo USA, Inc; Temple University, Japan Campus; TOTO USA Inc; Fuji-Dexerials America Corporation, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Inside Gwinnett Magazine, Panasonic Automotive Systems, Yamaha Motor Corp.U.S.A, Sakura-Atlanta Parent Magazine; Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC; Ernst &Young LLP; Global Atlanta; Gwinnett Daily Post; Holiday Inn Gwinnett Center; Creative Loafing; Honda Precision Parts of Georgia; KPMG; Nidec Elesys Americas Corporation; Toppan Printing; Ume-Atlanta Braves, Kuraoka Clinic, Machida Family of Duluth

Monday, August 22, 2016

Skagway Alaska and it's sled dogs #Alaska #Skagway #alaskanhuskies

Not to be confused with Siberian Huskies, Alaskan Huskies are their own breed.  The owners, though, don't care about having show dogs, so they breed for speed and endurance as they're usually used for sledding.  When we visited Skagway, we actually did two tours, this was the first one.   We had the opportunity to talk to sledders that had actually competed in the Iditarod and to meet some of their dogs.



They took the time to explain many of the ways they prepare both themselves and the dogs for the race.  They also showed us many of the supplies both current and from the past.  The dogs themselves were awesome and friendly.  It was funny (and loud) when they lowered the sled into the pen to hook up the dogs for a demonstration.  The dogs became very excited and loud at the prospect of going for a run.  As soon as the gate was opened, they took off around the run.

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Taking a time out to say Happy Birthday


My husband's 50th birthday is tomorrow.  I wanted to make sure to take the time to wish him a Happy Birthday!