10:40am

Thu August 18, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Festival Connects Kentucky and Japan

When one thinks of Japan and Kentucky, Toyota is often the first partnership that comes to mind. But a local festival aims to show that the connections run much deeper.  In a few days, Jacobson Park will be transformed into a celebration of Japanese culture. Visitors will be sampling authentic Japanese cuisine, trying on kimonos, and shopping for Japanese goods at a flea market. David Carpenter, Japan/America Society of Kentucky president, says the annual gathering is also a reminder of how connected our two cultures have become.

"There's a tight relationship between Kentucky and Japan, not only on the business level, but just on a personal level," he says.

Carpenter says the recent disaster in Japan will also play a role in the festival. He hopes to add to the 90-thousand dollars in aid that's already been raised by his organization. The Japan Summer Festival is a one-day event this Saturday at Jacobson Park.