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Celebrate Japanese culture at Steveston Museum on Sunday

The pounding tempo of taiko drums and the haunting music of the shakuhachi bamboo flute are among the free experiences visitors can enjoy at Steveston Museum’s Picnic in the Past – Japan Style on Sunday, August 17 from noon to 4 p.m.

Bring a blanket and picnic lunch, and enjoy the Japanese-inspired activities in the park surrounding the museum.

Richmond's own Tetsu Taiko will kick off proceedings with an athletic drumming demonstration. Afterwards, Alcvin Ryuzen Ramos, one of Canada's leading shakuhachi bamboo flautists, will play his evocative music for all to hear.

Visitors will also be encouraged to take part in a casual drop-in workshop where they can learn how to tie a summer style kimono called a yukata, as well as try out some Japanese folk dancing steps.

Throughout the afternoon, an origami master will teach those interested how to fold paper into various shapes – from cute animals to intricate figures. Children can challenge their creativity by making gyotaku, Japanese-style fish prints, and a cardboard version of koinoburi, a traditional carp-shaped windsock.

Everyone can end their visit by writing a wish and tying it to the Steveston Museum’s Rope of Dreams.

For more information on Picnic in the Past – Japan Style, please call the Steveston Museum Coordinator at 604-718-8439 or visit www.richmond.ca/stevestonmuseum.

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