About Us


Japan Fair is a free, two-day festival in Bellevue, WA, that celebrates Japanese art and culture. It is a communal endeavor of musicians, artisans, community organizations, and businesses from both Japan and the U.S. who come together to share their products, talents, and knowledge of Japan. Through live performances on stage, hands on exhibits, cultural workshops, and vendor booths, the public is immersed in the music, dance, artisanry, and philosophy of Japan.



To nurture and promote the traditional and modern cultural arts of Japan. We strive to celebrate Japan’s heritage while also sharing new trends in today’s Japan.


Vision Statement

Japan Fair seeks to do the following:

  • Increase awareness of Japanese culture in the community by sharing traditional and modern art, crafts, and culture of Japan.
  • Build relationships between people of diverse communities in order to foster understanding and explore perceptions of cultural values.
  • Bring together American and Japanese organizations and businesses to engage in the promotion of education and cultural exchange.



Japan Fair 2018 Committee

Board of Directors:

Yuka Shimizu

Allen Nakamoto

Susumu (Sam) Takahashi

Noriko Palmer

Tsutomu (Tom) Sasaki



Tomio Moriguchi

Nobuyuki Odagiri

Yoshiharu Kurosawa

Elaine Ikoma Ko

Yoshiaki Minegishi

Naoki Hayasaka

Hiroko Huntoon 

Shinji Kokage

Akemi Sagawa

Jeffrey Hattori

Eriko (Elly) Baxter


Honorary Advisors:

Tom Brooke

Katsuko Brooke

Yoichiro Yamada


Japan Fair 2017 Committee

Committee: Yuka Shimizu, Akemi Sagawa, Jeffrey Hattori, Sam Takahashi, Tsutomu (Tom) Sasaki, Eriko (Elly) Baxter

Advisory Committee: Yoshiharu Kurosawa, Nobuyuki Odagiri, Allen Nakamoto, Tomio Moriguchi, Elaine Ikoma Ko, Yoshiaki Minegishi, Naoki Hayasaka, Noriko Palmer, Hiroko Huntoon, Shinji Kokage

Honorary Advisor: Tom Brooke, Katsuko Brooke, Masahiro Omura


Japan Fair 2016 Committee

The Japan Fair 2016 Committee was operating under the auspices of the Eastside Nihon Matsuri Association (legal entity), and 2016 Japan Fair Event is a presentation of Eastside Nihon Matsuri Association (a.k.a. ENMA).  

Committee: Allen Nakamoto, Yuka Shimizu, Noriko Palmer, Josh Dwight, Tsutomu (Tom) Sasaki, Eriko (Elly) Baxter, 

Advisory Committee: Tom Brooke, Katsuko Brooke, Naoki Hayasaka, Daisaku Izawa, Yoshiharu Kurosawa, Tomio Moriguchi, Jeffrey Hattori, Hiroko Huntoon, Hiroshi Onaka, Shinji Kokage