The Far East comes nearer.
`THE WINDS OF ASIA" is the theme of this year's Oregon Asian Celebration, which will take place Saturday and Sunday in the Lane County Convention Center at the fairgrounds.
Presented by the Eugene/Springfield Asian Council, the Asian Celebration features arts, crafts, dance, martial arts, cooking demonstrations and plenty of Asian delicacies. The celebration will open each day with taiko drumming, a traditional Chinese lion dance and opening remarks by the mayors of Eugene and Springfield.
One of the highlights this year will be a screening of the animated Japanese film "Princess Mononoke" at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the McDonald Theatre, 1010 Willamette St. Tickets are $4, and proceeds will go to a scholarship fund set up by the Asian American Foundation of Oregon.
Other events include dances from Japan, India, the Middle East, Nepal, Hawaii and the Philippines. Japanese kimonos, Indian saris and other fashions from Pakistan and Nepal will be displayed at 1 p.m. Sunday in a show sponsored by Kyoto Kimonos and Urmi Imports.
Cooking demonstrations will begin at 11:30 a.m. Saturday and noon on Sunday and will feature favorites from the Philippines, Korea, Japan, Thailand, China and Vietnam; Custard Mochi of Japan, Korean Boulgogi and Vietnamese-style Crab are a few of the dishes.
A food court also will offer Asian food to order.
Martial arts, including Chinese kung fu and Korean tae kwon do, will be demonstrated throughout the celebration. On Saturday, competitors from the Washu martial arts championship will come by for a 3 p.m. demonstration.
Undarmaa Enkhbat, a sophomore at South Eugene High School, will play the yatga - a Mongolian zither with a a movable bridge - at 3:10 p.m. Saturday.
New this year is a stage devoted to quieter forms of Asian culture. The venue will feature a Japanese tea ceremony, narcissus bulb carving and a bonsai demonstration.
At noon on Sunday, festival co-chairman Ken Nagao will teach a class on bulb carving; the entry fee is $5. At 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Richard Page, a master kite builder, will host a free class on Japanese kite-making.
Other featured artistic techniques include Vietnamese lacquer painting, temari fiber arts (threadballs), Japanese wood-block printing and Chinese brush painting. Children's events such as tae kwon do and origami demonstrations, Asian stories and calligraphy will be offered as well.
More than 70 local vendors will be displaying their goods at the festival. A silent auction will feature jewelry, textiles, ceramics, scrolls and other goods.
OREGON ASIAN CELEBRATION
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
WHERE: Lane County Convention Center at the fairgrounds, 896 E. 13th Ave.
HOW MUCH: $4 for adults, free for children 12 and under; Bi-Mart stores have dollar-off coupons
INFORMATION: 687-9600 or www.asiancelebration.org
MAIN STAGE SCHEDULE
10 a.m. - Doors open
10:45 a.m. - Japanese drumming (Waka Daiko)
11 a.m. - Japanese songs and dance (Yujin Gakuen Japanese language immersion school)
Noon - Chinese lion dance (Chinese-American Benevolent Association)
12:20 p.m. - Contemporary East Indian dance (Archena Singh)
12:25 p.m. - Filipino Tinkiling dance (Monica Christoffels)
12:30 p.m. - Japanese koto (Masumi Timson)
12:50 p.m. - Fashion show (Indian saris and Japanese kimonos)
1:20 p.m. - Indonesian dance and song
1:35 p.m. - Nepalese dances (Ermala Mali, choreographer)
1:55 p.m. - Halau Hula O Lehua Ilima (Bonnie Kaauwai, choreographer)
2:30 p.m. - Indian folk dances of the Punjab region (Satpavan Khalsa, choreographer)
3:10 p.m. - Mongolian instrumental music (Undarmaa Enkhbat)
3:20 p.m. - Pag-Ibig and Hui O Anuenue (Lily Sullivan, choreographer)
4 p.m. - Japanese folk dances (Seiko Kikuta, choreographer)
4:15 p.m. - Japanese drumming (Eugene Taiko)
4:40 p.m. - Middle Eastern Dance Guild of Eugene (Kathy Gunson, coordinator)
5:15 p.m. - Kulintang Ensemble (Pamela Costes, choreographer)
10 a.m. - Doors open
11 a.m. - Indonesian orchestra (Gamelan Sari Pandhawa)
Noon - Japanese drumming (Waka Daiko)
12:20 p.m. - Chinese lion dance (Chinese-American Benevolent Association)
12:40 p.m. - Kulintang Ensemble (Pamela Costes, choreographer)
1 p.m. - Middle Eastern dance (Annette Brinton)
1:10 p.m. - Fashion show (Indian saris and Japanese kimonos)
1:45 p.m. - Indonesian song and dance
2 p.m. - Halau Hula O Lehua Ilima (Bonnie Kaauwai, choreographer)
2:35 p.m. - Ifugo Dance Troupe (Jacqueline Friesen, artistic director)
3:10 p.m. - Wushu (University of Oregon martial arts club)
3:30 p.m. - Hula Halau O Na Kaikuahine (Leilani Beymer, choreographer)
4:10 p.m. - Troupe Americanistan (Denise Gilbertson, choreographer)
4:50 p.m. - Japanese drumming (Eugene Taiko)
Eugene Taiko will take the Asian Celebration stage Saturday and Sunday afternoon. The Chinese Lion Dance starts each day. OREGON ASIAN CELEBRATION WHEN: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday WHERE: Lane County Convention Center at the fairgrounds, 896 E. 13th Ave. HOW MUCH: $4 for adults, free for children 12 and under; Bi-Mart stores have dollar-off coupons INFORMATION: 687-9600 or www. asiancelebration.org Drumming up interest