Museum celebrates Asian culture

Try crafts like Origami, learn how to write your name in different languages, cure ailments using Mongolian acupressure, or just play games, see films, and enjoy dance and music performances.

This Saturday, the Surrey Museum invites you to celebrate Asian Heritage Month.

Try crafts like Origami, learn how to write your name in different languages, cure ailments using Mongolian acupressure, or just play games, see films, and enjoy dance and music performances.

The May 14 event, running from 1 to 3 p.m. (drop in, by donation), will also feature a Japanese gift-wrapping workshop that teaches visitors how to quickly wrap presents without paper, tape or scissors.

The fast, simple method – called furoshiki in Japan and bojagi in Korea – doesn’t take special skills,  just a piece of cloth, eliminating the need for waste paper and non-recyclable bows and ribbons.

The workshop is presented by Hop Frog Pond owner Doris Jetz and members of the Japanese community volunteer association, Tonari Gumi.

“Our young volunteers will have a chance to promote Japanese culture,” says Sayuri Sugarara, Tonari Gumi program coordinator.

The Surrey Museum is located at 17710-56A Avenue, Surrey, B.C.

Hours of operation are Tuesdays-Fridays, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Sundays, Mondays and Statutory Holidays.

Admission in 2011 is sponsored by the Friends of the Surrey Museum Society.

For more information, call 604-592-6956 or visit www.surrey.ca/heritage.