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Japanese cultural weekend in Pleasanton

From Taiko to bonsai -- enjoy treasures of Japan

View the world from a fresh perspective at "Treasures of Japan," two days of demonstrations, performances and cultural activities at the Pleasanton Senior Center next weekend.

Festivities open next Saturday (May 4), with the Taiko Ren Drummers from 10:15-10:45 a.m. The exhibit opens officially at 11 a.m. next Saturday and again at 10 a.m. next Sunday.

"It is a wonderful family opportunity," co-chairman David Wright said. "There is something for all ages -- including hands-on activities for kids."

The two-day event also will have exhibits of bonsai, photo-haiku, ikebana and Japanese fashions. Origami expert Robert Lang will speak, and demonstrations will be given on sumi-e (ink brush) by painter Fumiyo Yoshikawa, and on ikebana, kendo (the art of the sword) and a tea ceremony.

There will also be Japanese choral music, a koto (stringed instrument) performance and Japanese fashions with a fashion corner with garments and a photo station. Workshops in sumi-e, bonsai and photo-haiku are available at a nominal cost.

Youth tables will offer origami folding, painting, fan-making and Japanese games.

The Pleasanton Senior Center is located at 5353 Sunol Blvd. For schedules and to sign up for workshops, go to pleasantonarts.org. The free event is being offered through a partnership between the city and the Pleasanton Cultural Arts Council.

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