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Spirit Square took on the spirit of the East when the Campbell River’s Ishikari Twinning Society hosted its annual Japanese Cultural Fair

Spirit Square took on the spirit of the East Saturday when the Campbell River’s Ishikari Twinning Society hosted its annual Japanese Cultural Fair.

As hundreds of fair-goers strolled into the square under a curtain of giant koi wind socks, they were treated to displays of Japanese music, fashion, food and art.

Moe Ito, a student from Ishikari attending school here through the society’s student exchange program, performed a traditional tea ceremony and demonstrated origami at one of several crafts tables.

At other stations, visitors were invited to create watercolours and calligraphy or have their fortunes read.

The Campbell River Bonsai Club boasted a display of its intricate live tree-sculpting, and the Uminari Taiko drum group of Victoria performed throughout the day.

A replica torii gate graced the square, along with several screened panels highlighting the history and background of the relationship between Campbell River and Ishikari, which was established beginning in 1983.