PHOTOS: Japanese holiday market shares culture

Haligonians treated to an afternoon of holiday festivities

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Two women greeting each other at a stand
caption Vendor Yukari Haverstock (left) selling her calligraphy art to a customer at the Japanese holiday market on Sunday.
Karsten Greene

Hundreds of Haligonians paid a visit to the upper courtyard of the Halifax Brewery Market last Sunday afternoon for the Japanese holiday market, where around 20 local vendors, most of Japanese descent, gathered to share in the seasonal festivities, as well as aspects of their culture.

The event, which was organized by Sakura Market, was the group’s second to be hosted at the Brewery Market this year, the first having taken place in September.

The goal of the market, said Lisa Arakawa, a Sakura Market organizer, was to bring together local small businesses and celebrate the local Japanese community.

Visitors spent the afternoon browsing through jewelry, homemade ornaments, Japanese inspired art and figurines for sale. They treated themselves to Japanese pastries and learned to draw in calligraphy and make origamis.

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Karsten Greene

Karsten Greene is a Master of Journalism student at King's. He's passionate about storytelling and hopes to make a difference through it.

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