Celebrate the Sister City relationship between Encinitas and Amakusa, Japan at the 10th Annual Japan Festival on Saturday, Aug. 3, from 1 – 4 p.m. at the Encinitas branch of the San Diego County Library.

The festival, planned and hosted by the Encinitas Library in partnership with the City of Encinitas, will feature a short reading and haiku prompt from poets Debbie Kolodji and Seretta Martin (representatives of Haiku San Diego, the Southern California Haiku Study Group, and the Haiku Society of America), Japanese folktales presented by Walter Ritter of Write Out Loud using a Japanese kamishibai picture card theatre, “flute-beatboxing” by G-Moto, and a traditional Japanese tea ceremony demonstration by Soko Fosket and her students (representatives of Urasenke Tankokai San Diego Association).

Delicious “Asian Confusion Fusion” items will be available for purchase from Yo Yo Bento food truck from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. In addition, Encinitas, Carlsbad, and San Diego Sister City representatives will be onsite with information tables, and Dude Vader and a group of manga-themed cosplayers will be available for photo ops. There will also be kendama toy demonstrations, a spin-and-win game with small prizes, and Japanese-themed books, movies, and music available for checkout. Parking can be found at the library, at City Hall, and on the street.

Encinitas is a member of Sister Cities International, an organization dedicated to advancing and promoting friendship and goodwill amongst the world’s nations by developing special relations between cities. Since 1988, Encinitas has been privileged to share a Sister City relationship with Amakusa.

One of the most popular features of the Sister City relationship is an annual student exchange. This summer, six student delegates and an adult chaperone, all from Amakusa, will spend a week with host families in Encinitas. Students and their host families are planning to attend the Japan Festival – come out and meet them!

This family-friendly festival is free and open to all ages. For more information call the library at 760-753-7376.