Friends of Japan Gala


Japan Fair 2018 Friends of Japan Gala Invitation


Please come and join the Friends of Japan Gala to enjoy an evening of dinner, drinks, and an auction, all with live entertainment as we come together to strengthen the ties, grow our businesses, and personal relationships between our local American and Japanese communities.

The Friends of Japan Gala supports Japan Fair, a cultural festival held in Bellevue, WA that celebrates and promotes local artists, musicians, craftsman, businesses, and community organizations who practice Japanese cultural art or have ties to Japan.


 Click here for the full invitation letter from the Japan Fair 2018 Committee.




Friends of Japan Gala


Saturday, July 7th

Meydenbauer Center Main Event Hall
(11100 Northeast 6th Street, Bellevue, WA 98004 - View Map)


6:00 PM Registrtion & Reception (Cocktail Hour)
7:00 PM Door Opens



Click here to join the Gala.
Select "TICKETS" to purchace your table and seat for this event or register as a guest.*

*If you are the guest of a sponsored table, please select "Guest Registration" to complete your dinner requests.



Tickets are as follows (Ticket price includes service fee):

  • Table Sponsor (10 seats per table) = $1,250
  • Individual Seat = $125
  • Guest Registration (Guest of a sponsored table only)


The following dinner choices will be provided:

  • Seared Sage Chicken

Sweet potato mash, braised greens, roasted parmesan cauliflower

  • Smoked Fennel Pacific Salmon

Pesto risotto cake, grape tomato bruschetta, lemon zest almonds, roasted brussels sprouts, anchovy tonnato

  • Portobello Wellington (Vegetarian choice)

Red pepper, goat cheese, vegan demi, blistered tomatoes, garlic-thyme potatoes, braised kale



 The following live music performances will be held:



Members from the Evergreen Glee Club (EGC), Echo Chorus, Sound Singer, and Chorus of Hope 

Last year, 2017 marked 10 years since EGC was founded here in the Seattle Puget Sound region by Japanese executives who loved singing but did not have a formal opportunity to perform. They are a 4- part Men’s chorus group with top tenor, second tenor, baritone and bass. EGC’s repertoire selection is diverse; ranging from traditional Japanese classical songs to songs from Anime titles, as well as J-Pop selections. 

EGC has performed in a variety of events and settings, including singing the National Anthem at the Mariner's home games, Sakura-Con, Akimatsuri, and the official residence of the Conusl General of Japan in Seattle.



Takumi Taguchi

Takumi Taguchi (17) started taking violin lessons at the age of 2 with the Suzuki Method. He is currently a student of Simon James, Assistant Concertmaster of the Seattle Symphony, having previously studied with Mihoko Hirata of the Suzuki Method and pianist Hiro David. Takumi is a winner of the Vancouver International Music Competition, KING FM/Seattle Chamber Music Society Young Artist Awards, Seattle Symphony Young Artist Awards, Seattle Young Artists Music Festival, and the David Tonkonogui Memorial Award. He has been a regular performer as soloist and chamber musician on Music of Remembrance concerts, often collaborating with members of the Seattle Symphony, and has participated twice in the Starling-DeLay Violin Symposium at the Juilliard School and the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition. In 2017, he has world-premiered Snow Falls by Ryuichi Sakamoto at Benaroya Recital Hall. Takumi enjoys studying math, science, and economics, reading in his spare time. He looks forward to attending the Curtis Institute of Music in the Fall to pursue his studies with Aaron Rosand and Midori.




Sophie, Makena Rubin, and Kaia Rubin

Sophie, age 17, was born in Japan and moved to Bellevue, WA, when she was 12. Fully bilingual in Japanese and English, Sophie has grown up with a deep appreciation for both Japanese and American culture. A veteran of many local musical theater productions, she most recently starred in the Bellevue High School spring musical, Crazy for You, and is looking forward to releasing her first album with Agenda Records for the Japanese market. You can follow Sophie on Instagram (@sophiiart).

Sisters Makena and Kaia, both a quarter Japanese, have been singing together all of their lives. Makena, age 15, is an accomplished musician who won a Silver award at the Golden Key Festival piano competition at Carnegie Hall and was recently selected for the WMEA All State High School Treble Choir. Kaia, age 12, is an aspiring songwriter and has been recognized for her original song, “I’m a Girl,” inspired by the Time’s Up movement. She has raised over $800 for the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund. (“I’m a Girl” can be found on iTunes, Amazon music and most other digital platforms.) Like her sister, Kaia was also selected for the WMEA All State Youth Choir this year.









We hope this event will enhance the peace and harmony among all community members in the area.
We are looking forward to seeing you at the Friends of Japan Gala!