2019 Summer Festival

The Consular Office of Japan in Anchorage and the Japan Alaska Association hosted the annual Japanese Summer Festival on Saturday, August 3rd. The event took place on the University of Alaska Anchorage campus. The festival was a great success thanks to the hard work of the co-organizers’ staff and many volunteers and the patronage of the Anchorage community.
In the opening ceremony, Mr. Masatoshi Sato, Head of the Consular Office, gave welcoming remarks. Other speakers included Japan-Alaska Association president, Ms. Makiko Boyd; Dr. Hiroko Harada; Mr. Chris Vaughn; and Miss Alaska Maile Johnston.
Miss Alaska Malie Johnston, traveled to Chitose, Japan in July and spoke of her experiences there. Chitose and Anchorage are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year and another delegation from Anchorage will be flying to Chitose in September.
Activities at the festival included judo and kendo demonstrations, tea ceremonies, a cosplay contest and traditional obon dancing. Food vendors provided delicious Japanese cuisine including soba noodles, beef bowls and yakisoba.
The Consular Office’s table provided information about Alaska and Japan’s sister cities, the JET Program, and traveling to Japan. At the Consular Office’s activity table, children were invited to try paper folding crafts and make their own pinwheel.

The Japanese Summer Festival is one of the many ways the Consular Office of Japan works with Alaskan communities to promote mutual understanding and respect between Japanese and American cultures.