Seymour Oktoberfest is all about celebrating German culture, but for more than 20 years, a group of Japanese women have made sure to leave a different cultural mark during the annual festival.
Sakura Helping Hands again will have a booth at the annual downtown event, featuring hand-made arts and craft items for sale. The group, which consists of 30 to 40 women living in Seymour temporarily while their husbands work at local Japanese-owned companies, spends most of the year making their wares. They get together once a week to work and talk as well as spend time on their own making the merchandise.
Each item is made from traditional Japanese material and there is a wide selection to choose from, group spokeswoman Yuki Chinda said.
From dolls and teddy bears dressed in kimonos to handballs, origami ornaments, paper dolls and more, the booth is a popular stop for many festival-goers, some of whom come back each year to get something different.
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