Mottanai and Bazaar Donations Needed!
ikebana in a ceramic piece by Ami Hirata
a selection of Hirata works will be available at the bazaar

Japan House Holiday Bazaar: Mottainai!

Please join us for our third annual Holiday Bazaar!

Mottainai is a Japanese word conveying a sense of regret concerning waste. It can be uttered as an exclamation and is considered a basic Japanese cultural concept. So we say MOTTAINAI! and encourage you to renew and refresh your household by donating items you don’t need any longer to our Bazaar, as well as giving items you purchase at the Bazaar a new life in your home. 

Many items at the Bazaar are Asian or Asian inspired, but there are many from other cultures across the globe. Just a few of the things you will find: Asian pottery, kimonos, origami, handmade crafts (our interns have been hard at work), traditional American quilts, scrolls, books, prints, matcha tea and tea equipment, jewelry, and gift certificates for tea ceremonies or yukata dressing events for you and your friends. 

You’ll even be able to order holiday pies from Cream & Flutter (Bourbon Pecan, French Apple or Pear Blueberry). They will not only give you a mini-pie when you order but also donate part of the cost to Japan House. Please do your holiday shopping in the beauty of Japan House! All funds raised by this event go to support the Japan House Internship Program. Our interns develop and coordinate student outreach programs and assist us in every way. We can’t imagine being without them—they are an incredible group. Please help us continue this important initiative by shopping at the Japan House Bazaar. We hope to see you!

2015 Japan House Holiday Bazaar
Saturday, December 12 and 13th, 2015
11:00 am to 4:00 pm both days
Special Tomonokai Reception: Friday, December 11, 2015 5:30-7:30 pm 

The Friday evening reception is for our Tomonokai members only. You are a Tomonokai member if you have donated $50 or more to Japan House  in the last twelve months ($25 for students). If you are unsure if you are a current member, just reply to this email and we can check for you! 
The Internship Program has been a gratifying success. Beginning in 2013, we have had a team of interns working with us. They receive credit for their work as well as a scholarship to study the Way of Tea here at Japan House. They develop and implement outreach programs, develop online resources, handles social media and communications and help with the garden. With the very first programs the students planned and coordinated, the level of interest and attendance by student population increased exponentially. This student-based initiative has strongly increased recognition across the student community and provided the interns with a powerful experience in cultural understanding and public outreach. It has been an absolute joy to work with these students and we are excited every fall to welcome a new group of interns!
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