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Beauty and the East

The Far East used to be known as a place of great wisdom, mystery, and beauty. Now, Asia’s only in the news when Angelina Jolie adopts a kid, Toyotas start driving themselves, or China gives the finger to Google for not censoring searches. Sigh.

Forget that news and experience the exotic beauty of the Far East at the annual Arizona Asian Festival. The event features ethnic food and craft vendors, Indian Mehndi body art, and Japanese taiko drum performances. Live out your Karate Kid fantasies with instruction from masters of taekwondo and tai chi. If you've got little ones who think that My Neighbor Totoro and Chinese takeout are the extent of Asian culture, send them over to the Children's Wonderland for a boot camp on crafting Indonesian dolls and Kirigami paper cuttings.

Sat., April 10, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., 2010

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