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Kawaii Exhibit in San Diego Provides Fun Through the Fall

By Crystal Harrell 

The coastal oasis city of San Diego is a stark contrast to the familiar humidity of our desert, which makes an all the more better reason to take a road trip down there this fall. An exhibit called Cute, Cute Kawaii! Japan's Pop Culture Movement will take place at the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park until October 23. 

Flyer courtesy of niwa.org

Flyer courtesy of niwa.org

According to their website, the exhibit aims to "look at how phenomenons such as Hello Kitty/Sanrio, Totoro/Miyazaki films, cat video games/Pusheen, anime, and Harajuku have shaped contemporary life in Japan."

Photo courtesy of Cuddly Rigor Mortis Twitter

Photo courtesy of Cuddly Rigor Mortis Twitter

Over 25 local and international artists are featured in promoting the theme of kawaii, represented by the Thumbprint Gallery. The exhibit also includes Japanese mascots, a photo booth, bento boxes, kokeshi dolls, and anime/manga art. 

Photo courtesy of Crystal Harrell

Photo courtesy of Crystal Harrell

In addition, a special origami workshop will take place on October 22 at the Upper Garden Activity Room. Materials will be provided and all ages/skill levels are welcome to attend. Tickets can be purchased for five dollars here.

Japanese Friendship Garden photo courtesy of Crystal Harrell

Japanese Friendship Garden photo courtesy of Crystal Harrell

The Cute, Cute Kawaii! Japan's Pop Culture Movement exhibit will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Japanese Friendship Garden's Inamori Pavilion. Don't miss out on this culturally stimulating opportunity! 

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