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Berean Teaches Appalachian Dance in Japan

11.07.09 02:59 PM – Andy McDonald
Jennifer Rose Escobar was a visiting artist with the 2009 Madison County delegation to the Yamanashi Prefecture of Japan. One of the highlights was the Paul Rusch Festival Yatsugatake County Fair in Kiyosato, Japan.
HOKUTO CITY, JAPAN — Jennifer Rose Escobar embarked on a teaching assignment that would be daunting enough here at home, much less across the Pacific.

As part of an artist exchange program between Madison County and Hokuto City, Japan, Escobar taught elementary and middle school students in Japan about the finer points of Appalachian music and dance.

Read Jennifer's story in the Richmond Register

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Jennifer Rose Escobar made several new friends at the Paul Rusch Festival Yatsugatake County Fair, an annual celebration of Kentuckian Paul Rusch's service to the people of Japan through the Kiyosato Educational Experiment Project (KEEP).

As part of the week's activities, the delegation visited a Shinto temple, where Escobar tried the water purifying ritual with some guidance from Kanumari Takahashi, an employee of Hokuto City. Richmond City Commissioner Rita Smart looks on from the background.

With the help of Kanae Meshino (right) Jennifer Rose Escobar performed a couple songs on her dulcimer, decked out in a colorful kimono. Later in the week, the ladies of the Yatsugatake region took some of the women of the Madison County delegation to shop for kimonos.
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