USJC members and volunteers show off their origami creations at the Japan Festival in Houston. (L-R) Janet Blancett, Associate Kuriko Hasegawa Wong, Anny Wong and Board Member Donna Fujimoto Cole.
On April 16 and 17, Houston celebrated its 23rd annual Japan Festival. This cultural showcase brought together 25,000 visitors and is one of the most attended events of its kind in the United States. Amidst the aroma of yakisoba, sound of taiko drums and a crowd of yukata-clad girls at Houston Hermann Park was the U.S.-Japan Council booth. A group led by Board Member Donna Fujimoto Cole set up shop to promote the U.S.-Japan Council and its role in the relationship between the two countries. Volunteers taught festival-goers how to make origami kabuto helmets and handed out USJC bookmarks with their names in Japanese.
Special thanks to Donna for her generous support and leadership, as well as those who donated their time and skills over the weekend. We would also like to thank Council Member Glen Gondo and Associates Alisa Tobin and Kuriko Hasegawa Wong for volunteering at the booth as well!