Saturday, March 19, 2011

Leap into Japan

Tim and Jessica Blanch

On Saturday March 19th, the Alpine Township branch of the Kent District Library (KDL) hosted a special program with displays and craft tables about the customs and people of Japan.  There was sushi and other other tasty food items to sample, a chance for kids to do calligraphy, paint, and learn much more.  Over 45 visitors stopped by and expressed an interest in Japan, particularly in light of the current events that are taking place there now. 

Long time area  resident Tim Blanch and his wife Jessica recently returned from Japan where they were employed as attorneys.  The University of Michigan graduates were living in Tokyo and recently moved back into the area.

Tim and Jessica Blanch with son , niece and nephew
Adults as well as children enjoyed the displays

Librarian Sarah Hartung and Manager Laura Wells felt right at home in their kimonos (着物)
Some of the many books about Japan that were on display
Nate Gillespie's son enjoyed painting

Some  Japanese knicknacks on display

Deb Szczceibinski (left) and Sandra Wisniewski looking at the food display

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