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Japanese celebration Saturday at Sharon Forks Library

SOUTH FORSYTH — The cultures and traditions of Asia soon will come to Forsyth County with two events in the library system.

Forsyth County Public Library and FCPL Friends and Advocates are holding a One World Forsyth event to celebrate Japan at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the Sharon Forks Library, 2820 Old Atlanta Road.

At 1:30 p.m. Feb. 7, the One World Forsyth Chinese New Year Celebration will be held at the Post Road Library, 5010 Post Road.

The Japan-America Society of Georgia will share a hands-on presentation about Japanese culture, customers, language and current events.

“[The group] serves as the bridge between Georgia and Japan in terms of tourism and business,” said Laura Bradley, program manager for the library system. “This short presentation will give participants an overview of Japan’s rich history and vibrant culture.”

Both events are free and open to children and adults of all ages. Advance registration is not required.

Families also are invited to ring in the Year of the Monkey during the Chinese New Year Celebration next month. The event will begin with an interactive lion dance and kung fu performance from the Atlanta Contemporary Chinese Academy.

“We think children will especially enjoy the lion dance,” Bradley said. “After the academy’s performance, [visitors] can stay to create a craft, sample Chinese candy and enjoy a fortune cookie.”

For more information on both One World Forsyth events, or to find books and other materials on Japanese and Chinese history and culture, visit