The annual Cherry Blossom Festival sponsored by the Whitfield-Manjiro Friendship Society squeaked by on Sunday, 5/6, with most events taking place before rain claimed the day. Some activities were also held indoors at the WMFS museum.
Activities included taiko drumming, martials arts, origami (paper-folding), flower arrangement demonstration, quilt and kimono displays, raffles and sales of Japanese items.
The museum, 11 Cherry Street, Fairhaven, is located in the house of Captain William Whitfield who rescued 14-year-old Manjiro from a desert island in 1841. Manjiro came back to Fairhaven on the Captain’s whaling ship the “John Howland,” becoming the first Japanese person to live and be educated in America.
To learn more about Manjiro, the Captain, and the Manjiro Trail in Fairhaven, visit http://www.whitfield-manjiro.org or http://fairhaventours. com/manjiro-nakahama/ or http:// millicentlibrary.org/manjiro-2/
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