Transpacific Ties

Makiko Pierce

Cross-cultural ties bring Japan and the West Coast closer together. In autumn 2018, Japan’s oldest urban festival will be coming to Portland, and an airport in a major Japanese city will open a wing dedicated to all things Seattle.

Kyoto comes to Portland

Courtesy of Portland Japanese Garden
Courtesy of Akira Nakata

The Portland Japanese Garden is bringing Gion Matsuri, the world’s oldest urban festival, to Portland, for a six-week exhibition that opens September 15. During the opening weekend, a troupe of 20 festival musicians from Kyoto will perform the unique Gion Bayashi music to accompany the Naginata boko lead float in a procession. The Gion Matsuri exhibit includes a display of the Ayagasa-Hoko float and costumes and the photography of Akira Nakata, one of Kyoto’s top photographers.

Festival Exhibition Details

Dates: September 15 – November 4, 2018 (musicians here Sept 15-16 only)
Hours of Operation: see website for Seasonal hours
Price: included with Garden Admission; Adult tickets are $16.95


Seattle comes to Nagoya

Flight of Dreams, a complex facility, is scheduled to open on October 12 at Chubu Centrair International Airport in Nagoya. The facility includes a display of the very first Boeing 787, projection mapping of a Boeing 787, and interactive, fun-filled exhibits for children as well as a shopping and restaurant area. The commercial area features the city of Seattle, where Boeing was founded. Visitors can enjoy a number of Seattle-based shops and restaurants, including Fran’s Chocolates, The Pike Brewing Restaurant & Craft Beer Bar (the brewer’s first venture in Japan) and Shiro Kashiba Sushi Express, yet another restaurant opened by Seattle’s beloved sushi master Shiro Kashiba marking a triumphant return to Japan after he left there in the 1960s to bring sushi to the Northwest.

Flight of Dreams

Opening Date: October 12, 2018


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