Monday, February 19, 2007

Happy Lunar New Year

A visit to Seattle is not complete without a venture into the International District, where dragons twine around light poles and all the city’s many Asian cultures are represented in shops and restaurants.

Plainfield’s Asian population is less than 1 percent, but in Seattle it’s 13 percent. The Lunar New Year is a big event, as these photos in The Seattle Times show.

Former Plainfielder Audrey Z. reports that Daiso, the leading 100-yen retailer in Japan, has opened a store in Seattle. This Plainfielder (aka mom of Audrey) received a selection of Daiso items for Valentine’s Day. A main attraction in the International District is Uwajimaya, a huge store with everything Asian including lots of fancy Japanese pens and notebooks.

Children at First Unitarian Society of Plainfield put on a dragon parade Sunday (Feb. 18, 2007) as church members called out, “Gung Hay Fat Choy!” to mark the Year of the Pig. The children shook bells and other noisemakers in the spirit of the holiday. Before the parade. Minister David Leonard read the children a story about the 15-day celebration.

Happy Lunar New Year to all! Have some potstickers to celebrate.

--Bernice Paglia


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