Hakone Estate and Gardens to Host Chinese Lunar New Year Festival on Feb. 20th

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The Hakone Estate and Gardens is proud to present the 2nd Annual Chinese Lunar New Year Festival and Celebration: Hakone's Year of the Tiger. This celebration of Chinese culture and history will take place on Saturday, February 20, 2010 from 12 noon to 4pm at 21000 Big Basin Way, Saratoga, CA.

The Year of the Tiger celebration will be an exciting experience for all family members and a superb way to promote a deeper understanding of Chinese Culture.

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The Hakone Estate and Gardens is proud to present the 2nd Annual Chinese Lunar New Year Festival and Celebration: Hakone's Year of the Tiger. This celebration of Chinese culture and history will take place on Saturday, February 20, 2010 from 12 noon to 4pm at 21000 Big Basin Way, Saratoga, CA.

Program highlights include famed storyteller Charlie Chin in costume, both children’s and adult lion dances, Chinese customs and flower arranging, a youth ensemble, a cooking demonstration, Chinese traditional dances, a Tai Chi demonstration, a Chinese traditional instrumental performance, and a Chinese opera.

Co-hosted by the Chinese Historical Society, U.S. Chinese Women Cultural Organization, Chi Am Circle Club, and the Chinese Women’s Club of Santa Clara Valley, this cultural, historical and musical celebration of the Chinese Lunar New Year is sponsored by Sereno Group Real Estate.

“Hakone has strong historic ties to the Chinese community beginning nearly a half-century ago when this magnificent 18-acre estate was saved by five Chinese families, one of whose descendants, Connie Young Yu, now sits on the Board of Trustees as Vice Chair. The National Trust for Historic Preservation, in Washington, D.C. has designated Hakone as the oldest Asian estate, retreat and gardens in the Western Hemisphere,” said Lon Saavedra, CEO of the Hakone foundation.

“We have assembled a group of world-class performers for this year’s celebration, including famous costumed storyteller Charlie Chin, Master Peng Wen, the 12th generation successor of China Zhao Bao Tai Chi lineage; Ms. Yang Hua, a Guzheng soloist and singer, a member of Guang Dong National Ensemble of Song and Dance; Ms. Jacie Wang, a member of the Beijing Opera company, choreographer of Beijing Opera segments of the drama Madame Butterfly; and Mr. Tian Yong Ping, a featured Erhu soloist in the Sichuan Performing Arts company,” explained Saavedra, “The Year of the Tiger celebration will be an exciting experience for all family members and a superb way to promote a deeper understanding of Chinese Culture.”

Free entrance and parking.                

Suggested donations: $20 Seniors $15, Children, accompanied by an adult, are free.

For further information, please visit http://www.hakone.us or contact Connie Young Yu at kopiyu(at)msn(dot)com or by telephone at: 650.941.6255

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